Monday, September 08, 2014

Metamora Days

 One Friday in late August, we managed to take some time out of all our various schedules to have a fun evening over at the Metamora days.
The main event that attracted us was the horse pull. We had never seen one but were very interested to see how it was done.

It was truly amazing and we entirely enjoyed watching these magnificent animals show their incredible strength.  The horses actually seemed to enjoy it as well.

{the enthralled crowds}

There were 4 teams of horses, and they each got a chance to pull the stone boat at each weight level, and see if they could go the entire length of the measuring chain.

{A very interested and chatty observer}

3 out of the 4 teams were Belgians, the 4th were Percherons (photo below).


This beautiful pair of matched Belgians won the contest pulling the full length with nearly 6,000 lbs. of weight!! I have a feeling they could have done more since they did that with seeming ease, but there was no one to challenge them.

The next event of the evening, took place right over the hill from the pulling grounds - The annual balloon launch.

It is so amazing to watch these huge limp balloons fill up with hot air and create enough lift and pressure, to raise the basket and passengers up, up and away!

Seeing all the colorful patterned balloons seemingly suspended in the sky was breathtaking.

It was quite the evening, and we are all very glad that we made time to visit Metamora Days this year.