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Draft horses and mules demonstrate old-style farming techniques at Olmstead Place State Park

March 29, 2014

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Two-day event March 29-30

Washington State Draft Horse and Mule Association sponsors weekend park event

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission together with the Washington State Draft Horse and Mule Association invite the public to a unique interpretive history event at Olmstead Place State Park. The weekend of demonstrations and fun is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30 at Olmstead Place State Park 921 N. Ferguson Road Ellensburg.

Olmstead Place State Park is the site of a historic farm homesteaded in 1875. The event will include an old-fashioned plowing match involving the huge draft horses that were a farming mainstay for generations before the tractor came into being. Teamsters will be on hand to talk with visitors and show their horses and mules in traditional harness and horse-drawn farming equipment.

The traditional horses expected to be part of the event include Belgians Clydesdales and Percherons as well as mules and other draft horses. Also on display will be a variety of hitches various styles of plows and harrows and discs once used to plow the large field in the park when it was a working homestead farm.

Parking access for the special event has been paid for by the Draft Horse and Mule Association so visitors do not need to display the Discover Pass on the Saturday or Sunday of the event but the Discover Pass is available for purchase for those who wish to buy.

The heritage site was donated to State Parks in 1968 and serves as a good example of pioneer agriculture in the state. Many schools in the area visit the site for education. Olmstead Place has many buildings including a homestead cabin and residence barns granary wagon shed chicken house and old school house.


March 29, 2014
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Olmstead Place State Park
921 N. Ferguson Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926 United States
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