“The definition of a farmer is a person who grows food – the size of the farm has nothing to do with it.” Dris Abraham, the director at The Farm at Prophetstown, uses that catchphrase as his mantra. “Anyone who grows food is a farmer.” The Farm is a showcase of sustainable agricultural practices with the use of horses instead of tractors, small scale gardening, honeybee pollinators, minimal chemical use, and training programs for novices and veterans alike. Abraham, his staff, and volunteers aim to show the public what Belgian draft horse farming is all about at this weekend’s Prophetstown Country Fair and Horse Pull.
Despite a near washout during last year’s opening night, Belgian draft horse owners came from all over the Midwest and beyond to show off their beautiful (don’t confuse them with Clydesdales) animals with field work demonstrations, trolley rides, horse pulling competitions, and a barn dance. Well… the horses weren’t dancing in the barn. “It is NOT going to rain this year,” says Dris with his serious grin. He may be right about that this year.
With the dog days of summer behind us, the end of the week has brought autumn in full force. The forecasted highs for today and tomorrow will not likely even reach 70° – making for a beautiful weekend at the fair. The 3 day long Country Fair kicks off this evening, September 13, at 6 pm with food, People’s Brewing Company draft beer, draft horses, and a barn dance by the aptly named and wonderfully talented Bum Ditty Barn Dance Band.
If you go…
Prophetstown Country Fair and Horse Pull tickets are available online with a 3 day pass as well as individual day tickets offered for sale. Children 12 and under are free. The farm is located within Prophetstown State Park, near Battle Ground. Drive on North Ninth Street to Swisher Road to the park entrance.
The Farm at Prophetstown
3534 Prophetstown Road
Battle Ground, IN 47920
James Britton serves as a member of the Board of The Farm at Prophetstown