[Sca-cooks] Pennsic Busses

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Tue Aug 25 05:50:57 PDT 2009

Actually what you might want to be recruiting are experienced farmers 
with their
own tractors and their own hay racks, willing to spend 8-9 hours a day 
there for two weeks.
Having grown up in a family that has bailed hay for generations (my 
mother bailed with horses
when she was very young), one of the problems you are going to encounter 
is that few farmers
grow hay these days and have the hay racks. Many that do bail use the 
round bails that don't require racks.
We still bail in Illinois on the farm, but even thirty years
ago that was very rare. My dad got calls every fall from the school 
classes wanting to borrow
the racks for use for homecoming floats and hayrides. (How many 
community parades now use trucks for their floats?)
Even if they could spare the time and the equipment for the War, there 
would still be the question of course of liability.
Could you get sued if someone fell off the rack or jumped off?
Most farmers with small farms these days also have full-time jobs off 
the farm, so you'd be competing with those jobs.
And of course you'd have to pay them for their time, equipment, and fuel 


Elaine Koogler wrote:
> So...if any of you know tractor drivers, here is their chance.  Hrothny, I
> wonder if they would be willing to pay drivers?  If so, they might be able
> to recruit some from the farms around Cooper's Lake?  Of course I suspect
> they've already considered this.
> Kiri
> On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 5:15 AM, Terri Morgan <online2much at cox.net> wrote:
>> His explanation about the lack of hay wagons made me smile... there is a
>> decided lack of experienced tractor-drivers who can handle them and the
>> wagons on those roads. The old ones were just that - getting too old to
>> want
>> to spend 2 weeks of hot summer driving them!
>> Hrothny
>> (The Pennsic 'meter maid' this year)

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