Nashville has a little gem of a place called the Ellington Agricultural Center.
Rural Days they can shuck corn, sheer sheep, and churn butter. During the Music & Molasses Festival they can see the molasses cooking and get a taste at the sorghum mill and go for a horse-drawn buggy ride.
I love this Little House on the Prairie stuff. I read every one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books and I totally romanticize that life.
Ellington Ag Center has Summer Saturdays and last Saturday was not one I was going to miss because it involved horses. The Ag Center is the home of the Nashville Mounted Police. The horses are stabled and trained there. I used to drive through Ellington on my way to work each morning, as a sort of shortcut, and I'd see the horses out in the pasture in the early light and there is nothing like that sight.
Last Saturday the police horses were the focus of the day, with demonstrations and the stables open for you to walk through and meet the horses.
It was fascinating. It's hard to tell in the photo, but that is a really big horse. If he's coming at you - you will step off. The officer said even a drunk will move. No one wants Jose stepping on their foot. So, crowd control is one of Jose's jobs.
What is the best free thing to do in the summer where you live?