Pomeroy honors farming tradition | Community Spirit
The tradition of farming was alive and well this weekend in Pomeroy during Spring Farming Days. Using equipment reminiscent of the old days, the community came together to sow the fields of the Garfield County Fairgrounds.
“It’s just important to relive the old way of farming,” said Nancy Ruark, current President of the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum, which is located on the fairgrounds. Ruark said Spring Farming Days is a good reminder of just how tough farming at the turn of turn of the century was.
Using plows, cultivators, harrows & drills from around 1900, about eight teams of horses planted the field with barley on Saturday. The harvest will go to the highest bidder who will then be responsible for cutting and baling the hay at the end of the season.
The Ag Museum also used the opportunity to show off and repair some the older “pioneer days” equipment it has. A crowd gathered around to repair and re-tire an old covered wagon wheel. The process requires heating the iron “tire” in a fire to expand it. It’s then pounded to fit the wooden wheel before being cooled with cold water.
Garfield County residents Joan Kimble and Dona Flynn also offered a taste of transportation before motors. The ladies gave horse and cart rides while dressed in turn of the 20th century costumes.