POINT PLEASANT — Tractors of all shapes and sizes will be featured at Saturday’s Tractor Show and Parade at the West Virginia State Farm Museum.
Doors open at 8 a.m. and those who wish to register their tractor can do so at 9:30 a.m. Registration and admission are free and though there is no judging for the show, those who enter will be eligible for a door prize.
John Ohlinger helps organize the show and said this is the sixth year for the event which began as a tractor show and then grew into both a show and a parade showcasing tractors.
This year, the “parade” will consist of tractors who wish to participate, leaving the farm museum, traveling to Point Pleasant to ride in this year’s regatta parade. The regatta parade begins at 11 a.m. and tractors that wish to participate will have an escort into downtown Point Pleasant by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. Participating tractors must be able to maintain a speed of 10 mph and have a “slow moving” sign on the back of the tractor. Tractors will return to the farm museum for more activities.
Activities planned for the entire day, include a pedal tractor pull for both kids and adults. Though kids get a trophy for winning the pull, adults get bragging rights. Ohlinger designed and constructed the custom pedal tractor and sled.
There will also be tractor games, such as a “slow race” and a game where the driver is blindfolded while the passenger guides them through an obstacle course, and more.
In addition, classes of tractors on display will include antique tractors, tractors from 1960 and beyond, riding mowers, walk behind tractors, pedal tractors from adult and child presenters, a toy tractor class and machine class, as well as a miscellaneous class which could include anything from antique farm equipment to wagons, or any sort of “conversation piece.”
In fact, starting conversations as neighbors is what the show is about.
As Ohlinger pointed out, the show isn’t about “judging” the equipment but sharing stories about them and about a time and a way of life that celebrates farming and agriculture. He added, the show is about “reminiscing” with old and new friends. Tractors from not only Mason County, but Meigs County, Ohio and Wood County are expected.
In addition, the museum’s Country Kitchen and Country Store will be open all day for the event. Show up at by 9:30 a.m. to get a complete itinerary of events and start times. For more information, call Ohlinger at 304-882-2422.
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