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Lamson Farm Day

Where: 40 Cross Road, Mont Vernon
When: Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free and the barbecue dinner is $10 for adults and $6 for children
Visit: facebook.com/LamsonFarmNH




Farming fun
Experience N.H.’s farming history at Lamson Farm Day

09/28/17
By Ethan Hogan



 New Hampshire’s farming history is preserved each year at a dairy farm in Mont Vernon. 

Lamson Farm Day has been a tradition of the town of Mont Vernon for 38 years, and it continues this year on Saturday, Sept. 30.
The free event features activities that celebrate the history of the more than 200-year-old, 322-acre farm with hay rides, tractor displays and black powder gun shooting, according to Lamson Farm Commission Chair Elliot Lyon.
Tractor collectors from the area will bring 25 historic farming machines to the fields for kids to sit on and pretend to ride, Lyon said. One of the tractors will do a barrell pull where 55-gallon drum barrels are cut in half and given wheels. Lyon said kids sit in the barrels, which are linked together as the tractor tours them around the the farm.
Purgatory Falls Fish and Game will have a black powder gun shoot where visitors get to shoot an old-fashioned gun at a target down field.
“The kiddos get a kick out of it because they usually hit the target,” said Lyon.
Pomeroy Farms organizes a hayride that takes guests through some of the old logging roads and past the farm’s hay fields. Some of the fields are still used today to help feed livestock at local farms in the area.
“That time of year, the foliage is coming in and it ends up being a real beautiful ride,” said Lyon.
The farm was the home of the Lamson family, who were the second family to settle in the Mont Vernon area, and the farm remained in the family for seven generations, according to Lyon. The self-sustaining dairy farm produced milk and other dairy products. 
“The family lived off what they produced on the farm. … Primarily their focus was dairy farming,” said Lyon.
The farm house and barn were deeded to the town in the late 1970s after the heirs to the Lamson family decided to keep the farm preserved. The Lamson Farm Commision, of which Lyon is an alternate member, is now responsible for the property. The first floor on the main farm house is rented out to help fund the preservation efforts.
“We are tasked with making sure the farm is maintained and the land has good stewardship,” said Lyon.
Lamson Farm Day is also a fundraising event for the Lamson Farm Commission. The first farm day was held in 1980, not long after the town acquired the land.
“The idea was to allow the townspeople to see the recently acquired property and appreciate the farm,” said Lyon. 
This year’s musical performer is Doug Farrell, who will be playing country folk music, according to Lyon. Volunteers will cook the annual barbecue chicken dinner on a 20-foot-long charcoal grill. The $10 dinner comes with homemade beans, coleslaw, cornbread, a piece of pie and a glass of apple cider. 
Now in its fifth year, the event’s silent auction includes tickets to Storyland, Santa’s Village, the Cog Railway and skiing. Bidders can also win lumber, fire wood, bark mulch or a week at a cottage in   Winnipesaukee.
“You see most of the people walking around with a smile on their face,” said Lyon. “No one is in a hurry to get anywhere.” 





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