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VIENNA – After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trumbull County Antique Tractor Club faced a bit of mud on Saturday at its 26th annual show.
Club officials had to cancel Saturday’s tractor parade due to conditions, which included a small pond in the middle of the area where old Allis-Chalmers brands were typically on display. A rainstorm Thursday that dumped about 2.5 inches of rain in 40 minutes at the nearby airport also affected the Ridge Road club grounds.
The three-day tractor show ends today with a full program of events and club officials were hoping another sunny day would dry up the pitch.
At least club president Lyle Bertram of Southington said he didn’t have to use his 1958 John Deere 520 model tractor to pull vehicles out of the mud like he had to do during the recent Trumbull County Fair.
“I was in the mud from head to toe, but the 63-year-old tractor had to be thanked for having a good day. Bertram spoke about his vehicle which did not use a drop of oil to transport the vehicles that day.
Bertram said he collected antiques, including a 1947 Allis-Chalmers G series, a 1948 John Deer H, and a 1961 Farmall Cub, as a hobby. He was inspired by his father, who was a dairy farmer in upstate New York.
“I used to milk about 2,000 gallons every other day”, Bertram spoke of his chores on the farm which contained 200 head of cattle.
Another club member who also got his start in farming in New York State is club vice president Ray Carr de Champion, who was showing two Allis-Chalmers tractors, WC models 1939 and 1946. Carr. said he wouldn’t mind if the tractors started to circle the terrain in the mud.
“I’ll be there tomorrow and if they eat the grass, we’ll be there to clean it up” Carr said.
The Antique Tractor Club has about 170 members, Carr said, but new members are welcome at the monthly meetings which are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the club’s grounds on Ridge Road, weather permitting. .
Carr said the club are using the show as a fundraiser between the $ 5 admissions, food concessions and the Chinese auction, which will continue inside the barn today.
Longtime Mahoning County farmer Bob Kacir of Lowellville was walking the field to check the tractors. Kacir said he didn’t show any tractors, but did operate a few old-fashioned mowers in his day on his 35-acre hay farm on the corner of Oak Street Extension and State Road 616 in Township. of Coitsville.
Kacir said his land had been heavily watered by the torrential summer rains.
“This is the most I have seen in the summer of my whole life”, Kacir said. “I couldn’t even make a haystack.”
Hubbard’s Al Walker said he recalled using some of the tractors on display at his father’s farm in Butler County, Pennsylvania.
“Yes, I was the son of a farmer and a coal miner” Walker said.
Walker said his days as a farm boy were cut short when he joined the U.S. Army, becoming one of the first troops to fight in the Korean War in the early 1950s.
Champion singer Denise Starr hosted the stage on Saturday afternoon. Starr, who said she had to cancel around 60 appointments last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said she had another appointment this summer. For her hour-long set, Starr covered a wide variety of popular hits from Dolly Parton to Fats Domino, along with a few Gospel favorites.
“I do most of my chanting in my church at Wildare United Methodist,” Starr laughed.
At the end of Starr’s set, Catherine Reid of Transfer, Pa. Said she would take over the musical duties on stage, playing CDs of more older hits.
“For the past five years, I have been producing the background music for this show”, she said.
Accompanying Reid was another “farm boy,” Charlie Brown of Hubbard, a club member who said he has sold most of his antiques in recent years.
“We liked to put them in parades in the region”, Brown said.
If you are going to …
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Breakfast
9 a.m. – Religious service led by Ed Agler
10 a.m. to noon – Gospel music by the group Saving Grace
Noon – Power Parade
1:00 p.m. – Ground Punders
Admission is $ 5.