30 Days on a Prairie Farm: Big Fun

My Generation

Day 23: A celebration of snow, fun, modification and a little danger thrown in. Also, why we do this crazy stuff.

Published on: November 23, 2012

Two winters ago, the Spangler family embarked upon an afternoon of fun that has come to be known ever since as simply, "Redneck Sledding." And since this is officially the day after Thanksgiving and the holiday season is upon us, I felt like this might be an appropriate time to pause and reflect on the fun and the elements of danger we seem to crave here on the farm.

In this photo, you'll note the dismembered top of a poly tank. With a rope tied to it. You can put two and two together. Clearly, it was big fun. It went fast, it spun, it occasionally flipped, and cousins were, occasionally, thought to be knocked out. But check out those smiles!

The afternoon of fun was so momentous, in fact, that the entire family still talks of it. Two years later. Last year's snow-free winter was a major disappointment to the little people around here, mostly because it meant no redneck sledding could be had.

Frosty and happy.
Frosty and happy.

Why the craziness? I'm not sure, though if you watch Duck Dynasty, you may have a clue as to the mentality here. It boils down to: "I think we could make this work a little better." Because what's the fun in just buying a plain old sled and running it down a hill?

Redneck sledding. It's big fun.



The archives: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm

Kickoff: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm

Day 1: Working Kids

Day 2: Biotechnology

Day 3: Harvest Eats

Day 4: Church

Day 5: Biotechnology, Again

Day 6: Long Haul

Day 7: Hormones

Day 8: Weather

Day 9: Milk

Day 10: County Fairs

Day 11: Harvest

Day 12: Technology

Day 13: Show Ring

Day 14: Leave the Farm

Day 15: Dialogue

Day 16: Store Grain

Day 17: Love

Day 18: Kid Love             

Day 19: Straight Rows

Day 20: Antibiotics

Day 21: Bottle Calf

Day 22: Relationship

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