Reviving Rural Life with Classic Tractors
By Tom Seest
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Classic Tractor Fever Southern Farm Days bring antique tractors and equipment from farms across North Carolina for a family-oriented event at Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home Farm and Arena, presented by the Farm Heritage Association.
Last weekend, Charlie Hoober drove his historic International Harvester 1066 tractor pull for the first time in over half a century – marking a historic moment both for this milestone tractor and for their family’s farm equipment business.
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Tractor pulling is a motorsport that pits modified tractors against each other to see which can pull a heavily weighted sled the farthest. Originating in pre-Industrial Era horse pulling competitions that involved teams of horses attached to flat boards with ever heavier loads attached, those that couldn’t move them were eliminated from competition. Modern tractor pulling utilizes weighted sleds containing boxed weights mechanically winched on by mechanical winches so as to increase resistance and test competitors; winners are declared when all competitors complete one full pull!
Tractor pulling involves fastening a sled to a tractor using a clevis, with a chain running from there to an attached hook on its rear end. Once secured, engine power is turned up so as to twist or pull the sled along the track; each class in tractor pulling has its own set of rules, which must be strictly observed to ensure fair competition and safety.
Tractors that qualify for specific classes must meet certain eligibility requirements, such as maintaining their appearance and meeting certain performance standards with their engine. Furthermore, each tractor should include a kill switch to stop its engine in case it becomes disconnected from its sled; additionally, some classes require drivers to wear fireproof suits and helmets as additional safety measures.
Other specifications for each class include maximum allowable weights for tractor and driver combinations in each class, usually determined by engine size/type combination used. Sleds may be loaded with additional weight to increase load-carrying capacities; each class is further broken down into various subclasses according to engine size/type, modification level, and other factors.
This event is one of the largest antique tractor shows in the country. Many tractors from throughout the region will be present, as well as antique cars, farm equipment, and animals from local farms. Visitors will also enjoy food vendors and music throughout the festival – an ideal family outing!
For anyone with an interest in old machines, this show is a must-see. Featuring thousands of pieces of antique farm machinery – vintage tractors and engines as well as tools and furniture from previous centuries – there’s also an incredible display of steam-powered saw mills and thrashers as well.
These historic tractors differ greatly from modern, bulky, behemoth tractors in that they feature sleek designs with open areas for maintenance purposes, less costly operation costs than newer models, and the ability to run on propane if desired. As many people look back towards simpler times of yesteryear, attending tractor shows provides an ideal way to experience that history first-hand.
Restoration and maintenance of antique farm equipment takes an incredible amount of work, but the results make it well worth your while. Restoring vintage farm machinery for display at shows is hard work but rewarding in every respect; nostalgia-inducing tractors serve as a lasting link to family heritage – especially important as children may carry it forward later in life.
At this event, guests can witness just how powerful these vintage machines can be by attending antique tractor pulls. Ten classes compete according to horsepower; each tractor can make multiple runs throughout the day. There are also daily demonstrations and special events.
Classic Tractor Fever is an entertaining family series that spotlights the passion and dedication of collectors who restore and preserve tractors. Hoober and his wife Sally own and run the family-run business that they have owned for more than 80 years; management was passed to third-generation members ten years ago.
On Friday and Saturday, visitors enjoyed an array of antique farm equipment, animal exhibits, a Wild West show, and food and craft vendors.
Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association Southern Farm Days will feature antique farm equipment, animal exhibits, craft vendors, and even a Wild West show – providing visitors plenty of entertainment from March 17-19 at Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home Farm.
Classic tractors hold a special place in many farmers’ hearts, whether they still work the ranch or sit idly in their garage awaiting future projects. RFD-TV brings these tractors to life in this popular series.
Green Acres meets “Home Improvement” in this entertaining, informative lifestyle series that follows real Corn Warriors as they compete against one another for yield contests. “Classic Tractor Fever” will certainly keep any fan entertained!
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