Tractor show wraps up in Canton
CANTON - Elliot Roloson of Troy took his seat behind the wheel of the "Bad Boy."
The child was one of the competitors in a Kiddie Tractor Pull, which was featured at the Fifth Annual Endless Mountains Antique Tractor & Machinery Association Show Sunday at the Canton Fireman's Field.
Roloson pedaled the "Bad Boy" toy tractor with a weight in tow.
"He loves tractors," said his great-grandmother, Donna Best of Armenia Mountain.
In the end, Roloson placed third in the Kiddie Tractor Pull Sunday after having won a second place ribbon in the same event on Saturday, which was the second day of the three-day show. It wrapped up Sunday.
Adults seemed to be enjoying the tractor pull as much as the children. A woman shouted "go, go, go" as she cheered on a child in the competition.
With pleasant albeit hot weather, the show on Sunday was full of activity.
Outside the entrance to the show grounds, the chug-chug-chug of a tractor engine filled the air. Another tractor purred like a kitten.
And tractors weren't the only attractions at the show.
Troy area chainsaw carver Gary Hilfiger was demonstrating his craft as he brought his creations to life. He said he had sold several pieces. There was also a broom making demonstration by the PA Broom Closet.
Deb Avery, a member of the association, said the show was going well. "People seem to be buying things, and enjoying the tractors."
She noted that a parade was held on Saturday that started at the fireman's field, went through Canton, and returned to the fairgrounds.
Dylan Perry, 17, of Canton had his 1948 Farmall Cub at the show.
"I love driving them," Perry said. He noted that he likes the looks of an antique tractor "and just the way it operates."
"It's totally different from the technology nowadays."
Another antique tractor aficionado at the show was Jack Pino of Covington, who had his 1930 Fordson on display.
He's had the tractor since 1963.
Pino said his parents gave him the tractor for his 16th birthday all those years ago.
He chose the tractor over a car for his birthday gift.
The tractor was purchased for only $30.
"Back then, $30 was pretty good money," he said.
Gordon Jackson of Alba, a member of the association, said there were 57 antique tractors at this year's show, an increase over last year of about 20 tractors.
He attributed the boost to the show becoming more established over the five years it's been held.
Jackson was proud of the tractor he brought to the show, a Farmall 560.
As a kid, he wasn't allowed to drive this kind of a tractor because it was too big. So now, he's making up for lost time.
Jackson said that anyone wanting to join the association can get information from the group's website at www.emantiquetractor.com or by calling him at (570) 673-3152.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.