SHELBURNE, Vt. — The Draft Animal Power Network is seeking sponsors and vendors for their 6th Field Days event to be held this year at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT from October 4-6, 2019. Field Days attracts more than 1,000 visitors from across New England and beyond during an exciting, entertaining, and action-packed three days. Friday and Saturday programs run from 7:30am to 10pm and Sunday from 8am to 4pm. Field Days represents the coming together of the draft animal-power community including producers, educators, resource providers and consumers. While comparable gatherings occur in the Midwest and West and competitive draft animal gatherings take place in the Northeast, this is the only educational draft animal gathering on a regional scale in the Northeast.
The fall, the biennial Draft Animal-Power Field Days is very important to the draft animal community. The greatest need of young farmers and people interested in using draft animal power is access to practical and theoretical learning, local mentors, suitable equipment, and a community of likeminded folk. It provides opportunities for young farmers, foresters, loggers, teamsters, animal owners, land owners, and other draft animal enthusiasts to participate in educational sessions and workshops, watch demonstrations, visit with equipment suppliers and exhibitors, or connect with mentors. Field days is also a place for businesses and organizations to market and demonstrate their goods and services, to network with the greater draft animal community, and to exchange ideas and share information that will lead to better business decisions and successful agriculture.
The Field Days schedule includes affordable and intensive workshops on Friday; demonstrations geared for the general public on Saturday such as timber framing, blacksmithing, or logging; music and entertainment both evenings; and a Sunday wrap-up with outdoor fun, play, and challenges. Typically, workshop attendees can learn how to train and drive animals including horses, oxen, mules, and donkeys; how to repair, maintain, and use draft animal equipment; or how to properly perform various farm and forestry tasks using draft animals. Educational sessions explore the reasons to use draft animals including environmental, economic, and cultural considerations. Those at all experience levels can meet, network, and support each other in their common goals of viability and sustainability in agriculture and forestry.
“The animals are great, but I really keep coming back for the people. So many hard working, talented and humble people in one place is a real treat for me. Ever since the first event in 2007, it always feels like I am coming home, only home is but a brief weekend. Soak it up and enjoy it while it lasts. I am always reminded that there are still good people in this world that do amazing work, and that there is an endless amount to learn” states Erika Marczak.
There are several opportunities to be involved in this event, which are all available for viewing at www.draftanimalpower.org. Sponsorships start at $100 and go to $1,000 (please see website for sponsor benefits).Depending on sponsor level, you can receive banner or table space, acknowledgement in e-newsletter/social media/website; a free membership to our organization, free tickets to the Field Days; logo at event registration; or a logo hat or t-shirt. Vendors can be inside or outside and costs range from $85-$150 for the three days. All exhibitors must remain setup at the event until 5pm on Sunday October 6, 2019 and provide proof of liability insurance by September 1.
Questions can be sent to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Erin Lorentz, Field day coordinator at 802-747-7900.
–Draft Animal Power Network