POINT PLEASANT — Whether or not the entries will be viewed as sexy, and Kenny Chesney may not show up either, many locals are sure to spend the day at the West Virginia Farm Museum’s during the 2nd Annual Tractor Show and Games.
From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, the 2nd Annual Tractor Show and Games is free and open to the public. Tractor Show and Games Chairman John Ohlinger spoke with the Point Pleasant Register about the upcoming event, stating last year’s was successful and they hope to continue that success in the coming years.
One aspect of the event is the “show” portion, where many locals bring in antique farm equipment to reminisce with, as well as new farm equipment to display and show to others. Ohlinger described the different classes for the entries and are as follows: Class one, Tractors, 1959 (Year Model and older); Class two, Tractors, 1960 and Newer (New Generation); Class Three, Riding mowers, with or without motor; Class Four, Walk Behind Garden Tractor, with or without attachments; Class Five, Pedal Tractors (any age); Class Six, Toy Tractors and Machinery display (bring your own display); Class Seven, Miscellaneous Farm Equipment Display (Wagons, Plow, Tools, etc.). Ohlinger stated class seven is really for anything farm related that won’t fit in classes one through six.
“This show is about anything outside the house that’s farm related,” Ohlinger said.
As far as the “games” aspect of the day, there are events for all ages. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. are the Pedal Tractor Pulls. Ohlinger stated both kids and adults participate in this event, and a special pedal tractor and sled is provided for those wishing to compete. Ohlinger also said the event is treated just like a real tractor pull event, announcing every competitor and how well they do.
The Farm Tractor games begin at 1 p.m. and involve many different events, including the barrel rolling competition where the competitor must push a barrel along with the tractor through a certain course, the drawbar and egg touch competitions, where competitors must drive their tractors as close to the bar or the egg without touching it. There is also a slow race, which is a basic one where the person in last place loses, and perhaps one of the most fun events in this category is the blind fold race, where the driver is blindfolded and another person must guide them through the specified course.
“It’s hilarious,” Ohlinger said about the blind fold race. He went on, saying the teams in this event are sometimes husband and wife, which can be a recipe for guaranteed laughter when a wife is telling a husband how to drive.
Another unique aspect of this event is that none of the entries are judged. There is no entry fee and there are not any prizes for a first or second place winner. Ohlinger said this was a day to remember and relax and enjoy spending time reminiscing with family and friends. Many of the displays will serve as a conversation piece, providing locals an opportunity to discuss their memories surrounded by these tractors and other farm machinery, and remembering how things on the farm used to be done and how things change as time goes on.
“That’s what this is about, keeping our heritage alive,” Ohlinger said.
In addition to the show and the games, Ohlinger also noted that there will be several door prizes for those who display tractors and other farm related items and the farm museum’s cafeteria will also be open to serve items like hamburgers and hotdogs, as well as providing those attending with a nice place to enjoy the air conditioning between events.
For more information on this event, contact Ohlinger at 304-882-2422.