NEW LONDON — The 23rd annual F.A.R.M., or Firelands Area Restorers of Machines, Antique Tractor Show is July 28 and 29 at the New London Recreation Park.
International Harvester tractors and equipment, as well as Cub Cadet and hit-and-miss engines, are featured at this year’s show. As always, admission to the show is by donation.
Festivities begin 9 a.m. Saturday with opening ceremonies and tractor games followed by the tractor parade at 10:30 a.m. and the pie auction at 1 p.m. Danny Beck will entertain 2 to 4 p.m.
July 29 starts with a 9 a.m. church service followed by the 10 a.m. garden tractor fun pull, the power wheels derby at noon, kiddie pedal tractor pull at 2 p.m. and raffle drawing at 3 p.m. This year’s drawing is for a bright red Farmall M pedal tractor with tickets $1 each or six for $5, available from club members and at the show.
Throughout the show there will be a flea market and craft show, exhibits and demonstrations and wagon rides provided by Gene Kurzen. Also, the Ashland Model Railroad and Rail Fans Club will display a model train layout, and special guests will be members of the Buckeye Wheel Horse Collectors Club.
For show information call Paul Lortcher at (419) 929-0502, for vendor information call Deb Metro at (419) 750-0711, for tractor information call Bob Hamer at (419) 577-5944, for camping information call Steve Metro at (419) 750-0709 and for tractor pull information, call Derek Rehberg at (419) 565-1996.
F.A.R.M. is made up of people interested in farm machines and equipment. Meetings are held at the North Fairfield Township Hall at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, and visitors are always welcome.
Proceeds from the show are used for two $500 scholarships for students planning to make a career in the agricultural field, donations to FFA Alumni clubs at Western Reserve, South Central, New London and Willard and donations to the Salvation Army.
Next year’s show is July 27 and 28, 2019, and the Oliver and White tractors and equipment will be featured.