Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 75
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 75

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
Page 75
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Morlunda Afield Photo essay by Frank Wilkin How would you like to have from 800 to 1,000 guests drop in on you for a visit and lunch some Saturday? That happened to the Nelsons of Morlunda Farms June 15, but it wasn't unexpected. It was a carefully planned Field Day sponsored by Morlunda Farms and the West Virginia Polled Hereford Assn. What's a farm field day, anyway? Well, in this case it was a chance for experts, non-experts, and working- to-be-experts to get together at The Greenbrier of beef.cattle farms. And all' the v mouth-watering among the visitprs wasn't fri anticipation of the dinner that was to come. Morlunda's Field Day opened at 8 a.m. with registration and a chance to get acquainted.Although 800 identification tags had been printed ahead of time, there were more visitors than tags. At 9:30 a. m. there was a quarter horse demonstration by Sam Paylor of Frostproof, Fla. That was followed by demonstration talks on "Cow Power" by Dr. Gary Minish, VPI; Herman Purdy, Alexandria, Pa., and Dr. Harlan Ritchie, of Michigan State University. Special invitations had gone out to vo-age students in several colleges, and at 11 a.m. they got a chance to test their skill against the experts in judging Morlunda's polled here- t'ords. Lunch at 12 noon was pit barbecued beef, baked beans, slaw, sliced tomatoes, pickles, homemade pies and cakes, and ice tea. Since guests had come from 26 states and at least the Union of South Africa. Gus Douglas gave a welcome address after lunch, and there were remarks by George Palmer, chairman of the American Polled Hereford Assn., and George Litton, author of "Littons Logic." The wind-up was a pasture tour, and if you think the guests were so full of beef barbecue and beef smart by that time they couldn't have cared less, you should have seen the string of cars that took off across the fields to see how Greenbrier grass produced such showcase livestock. The Nelsons don't hold a Field Day every day, but the "Visitors Welcome" 'sign is a permanent part of the Morlunda's landscape. Their greatest fear is that with 1-64 now whipping cars past Lewisburg too far away for their sign to be seen, it might start to get lonely down on the farm. J e n n i f e r "Tootie" Jones partiripated in the quarter horse exhibition. 6m CHARLESTON. W. \'A. X." »*» There was no question what the main attraction was the way the visitors p*«r ; s i $$·*£ "· ^** * * ""%« c- ,,»%« f/-* lw J ~*», Judging the judges: Railhirds were given chanceJo check theijral June 30,1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail .

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