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2020 Blunier GT Plow Day - Roanoke IL 61561 - Oct. 24


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PLOW DAY STILL ON - UPDATED CONTENT - CHANGES DUE TO COVID SITUATION

We will be hosting Garden Tractor Plow Day at the Blunier farm in Roanoke, IL 61561

Saturday 10/24/20 9:00 AM - ???

There will be no night plowing Friday or potluck meal like in previous years.  Feel free to drop your trailer, Friday if you'd like.

There will also be no food stand for lunch Saturday...too many hoops to jump through for 4H club in these odd times.

There will be no door prizes.

Shop and buildings will be closed, it will be an outdoor only event.

Porta Potty and hand sanitizer will be available on site.

We ask that all participants maintain 6' social distancing and have masks available if closer contact in required.  This out of respect for everyone involved and respect for current Illinois guidance on gatherings.

Maps and other important information to follow ~2 weeks before event.

Thanks to all for your understanding of our need to adapt the event to the current situation.

Steve, Big Steve, and the Blunier Family

Additional information:  

See attached maps for field location, parking, vendors, restroom, field access routes etc.

Please respect the Off Limits areas.  As stated previously, due to COVID all of the buildings will be closed and the farm yard proper an off limits area.

Please follow traffic routes to and from the field as marked on the maps.  NOTE:  The farm driveways were just seal coated.  USE EXTRA CAUTION to make sure your PLOW IS RAISED and DOES NOT GOUGE the driveway surface (Thanks!).

Google Maps will provide good directions if you use "1582 County Rd. 1300 N, Roanoke, IL 61561".   If lost ask for directions to Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church.

There is no rain day, so please stay tuned for any cancellation information on this site/thread.  (Pray for good weather!)

Thanks,

Bluniers

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More rain overnight than we wanted/needed.  If you are traveling from a long distance you may want to reconsider plans for leaving early.  Extra rain has made plowing Saturday very questionable

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I think some past picture should be included here ?

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This looks like a great time!  I've plowed both wheat and bean stubble and can say bean stubble is much more fun and preferred.  It's too far for me but I wish everyone the best.  

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I really like the pictures of the 2001 PD, #1. Didn't take me very long to migrate over and check out John Proschel's scale 560 made from a CC Original.  Had to laugh, When I got there that morning I parked away from everyone in a corner, unloaded, hooked up the plow, locked everything up and idled over to the sign-up desk. Talked to BIG Steve's wife and Mr. Plow's wife a bit,  idled down across the windrows, dropped the plow in the ground and went right to work, two older guys standing by the furrows said, "Not This guy's first time plowing!"  YA THINK? I'd plowed LOTS of gardens before the first plow day. I plowed first pass in low, second pass in 2nd, a good plowing gear, 3.9 mph. Made about three rounds total. Only problem I was having was catching bean straw with the rearend of the tractor. Cubbies could really use a slightly taller rear tire to plow with. Think it was the end of the last round I come up to the end of the furrow and instinct steps in and I reach to the left side of steering wheel to pull the TA back!  Yep, IH should have made a TA for Cubbies. Later on between pictures and raffle drawing I made another 6-8 rounds. I was REALLY impressed with my brand new Firestone 23-8.50x12's. I'd only wanted a set for 30 years and just needed an excuse, PD #1 was the excuse.

Mr. PLOW, You still have the picture of the discussion about having a garden tractor plow day. Think it was You, Big Steve, Wyatt,  Travis, and Bermuda Ken in the back of a pickup at the Lafayette toy show IIRC.

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On 7/8/2020 at 8:46 AM, Mr. Plow said:

PLOW DAY STILL ON - UPDATED CONTENT - CHANGES DUE TO COVID SITUATION

We will be hosting Garden Tractor Plow Day at the Blunier farm in Roanoke, IL 61561

Saturday 10/24/20 9:00 AM - ???

There will be no night plowing Friday or potluck meal like in previous years.  Feel free to drop your trailer, Friday if you'd like.

There will also be no food stand for lunch Saturday...too many hoops to jump through for 4H club in these odd times.

There will be no door prizes.

Shop and buildings will be closed, it will be an outdoor only event.

Porta Potty and hand sanitizer will be available on site.

We ask that all participants maintain 6' social distancing and have masks available if closer contact in required.  This out of respect for everyone involved and respect for current Illinois guidance on gatherings.

Maps and other important information to follow ~2 weeks before event.

Thanks to all for your understanding of our need to adapt the event to the current situation.

Steve, Big Steve, and the Blunier Family

 

Additional information:  

See attached maps for field location, parking, vendors, restroom, field access routes etc.

Please respect the Off Limits areas.  As stated previously, due to COVID all of the buildings will be closed and the farm yard proper an off limits area.

Please follow traffic routes to and from the field as marked on the maps.  NOTE:  The farm driveways were just seal coated.  USE EXTRA CAUTION to make sure your PLOW IS RAISED and DOES NOT GOUGE the driveway surface (Thanks!).

Google Maps will provide good directions if you use "1582 County Rd. 1300 N, Roanoke, IL 61561".   If lost ask for directions to Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church.

There is no rain day, so please stay tuned for any cancellation information on this site/thread.  (Pray for good weather!)

Thanks,

Bluniers

Google maps 1582  1300N -  Roanoke IL 61561.jpg

Overall Map.jpg

Detail Map.jpg

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Denny,

National Toy Show (Dyersville, IA) parking lot in Nov. of 2000.

Wyatt, Travis, and I kicking around Plow Day ideas.

1st Cub Cadet PD at Roanoke was the following spring (2001)

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Trying hard to make it to this. Will be a long day! About 4 hours each way.

Looked at the calendar, crap Saturday after next. Better get things ready. Took the 4" grinders to the plow, I've never used it yet. Got the deck and mule off the 1650. just need to get the Brinnely hitch on it, fill it with gas and charge the battery.

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The odds of me making it to this event took a serious hit today. Made some adjustments and tried it in the garden. Hit a rock, clobbered the beaming screw. Need to figure out how to beef this up. Have a week, maybe.

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3 hours ago, DT Fan said:

The odds of me making it to this event took a serious hit today. Made some adjustments and tried it in the garden. Hit a rock, clobbered the beaming screw. Need to figure out how to beef this up. Have a week, maybe.

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Some redi-bolt and 3 or 4 nuts and you'll have it licked!  It doesn't have to be a crank,  you can just lock it with a nut on each side of the collar and adjust with a pair of wrenches.  We'll help ya out!

Try flipping the sleeve hitch yoke on the plow over (drop not rise), that will help with your plowing geometry and get the rolling cutter in a better position to clear trash. 

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Took Mr. Plow's advice on the mods. I  knew that beaming screw was a week point, no idea why I didn't think of all-thread! Turned the hitch over, wanted to give it a try in the garden, snow kept that from happening.

What's the weather report for  Saturday in that part of the world?

 

 

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More rain overnight than we wanted/needed.  If you are traveling from a long distance you may want to reconsider plans for leaving early.  Extra rain has made plowing Saturday very questionable

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Final Decision:

Plow Day is on, BUT here's the deal.  We went out and tried it about 4:30 Friday.  If wind stays like it is overnight it will probably come around enough to proceed. 

1) LATE START.  Plan on arriving no earlier than 10 AM.  Get an early lunch then head out.

2) Its going to be wet and sticky.  Your tractor will get muddy......

3) I cant promise perfect conditions,  but what the heck....its COVID, we need to play.

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