The tenth annual Glory Days Tractor Present was held on Radiator Highway, simply outdoors of Yadkinville on Friday and Saturday, a number of months sooner than its normal fall date. Charles Neal, creator of the occasion, mentioned the brand new date was in hopes of avoiding wet climate because the previous few years have been a battle in opposition to the weather. The 2-day occasion had largely sunny skies and excellent temperatures this 12 months for friends to take pleasure in viewing vintage tractors, basic vehicles and the tractor pull competitions.
“We’ve bought a very good turnout right here right now and I’m tickled to loss of life,” Neal mentioned on Saturday.
Whereas the occasion is principally a celebration of farm gear from days-gone-by, Neal mentioned it is usually extraordinarily essential to him to take trip to honor veterans. Every year, the Glory Days present options particular recognition of veterans in attendance with a presentation of the colours by the Yadkin Honor Guard and a 21-gun salute. This 12 months’s celebration additionally included a efficiency of the Nationwide Anthem by native gospel singers Millie and Morgan Salmon and a efficiency of Wonderful Grace by bagpipers representing the Shriner’s Membership.
“We love popping out right here and singing for the veterans and simply having the ability to honor them. It means lots to them and it means lots to us too due to all they’ve gone by means of,” mentioned Millie Salmon. The sisters are from Boonville and sing at numerous church buildings within the county.
American Legion Submit 336 Commander David Shore who took half within the ceremony honoring veterans known as it a “nice occasion.”
“We respect what they’re doing for the neighborhood and recognizing all of the veterans,” mentioned Shore.
Neal mentioned the Glory Days present has many returning members who come again annually in addition to newcomers. This 12 months there have been guests from different states together with, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Delaware.
Fred Milner was among the many returning members at Glory Days this 12 months.
“It’s a fantastic present,” Milner mentioned. “The best factor about this present is that they honor the veterans and it’s very patriotic.”
This 12 months Miller introduced alongside pal Melvin Huyard, of Tennessee, together with his Moline tractor. The 2 mentioned they had been massive followers of this vintage model of tractors and even attended the 100-year reunion of Moline Common in Illinois in 2019.
“I just like the infancy of the tractor revolution and everyone had completely different concepts pondering one thing would work,” Huyard defined about why he was so taken with the Moline tractor.
Huyard mentioned he had farmed with horses for 20 years and that was one other fascinating a part of how the Moline tractors had been made.
“This tractor was designed in order that the farmer that had any horse drawn using gear, it may very well be modified to work with this tractor,” he mentioned. “One among their slogans was ‘you sit the place you at all times sat.’”
Huyard, mentioned he simply likes “outdated tractors and outdated issues.” When he first bought his Moline tractor he made a promise to the prior proprietor that he would restore it.
“It got here from the Mississippi delta. When the levy broke in 1927 and 1932, this tractor was below water,” he mentioned. “After I introduced it dwelling it nonetheless had water it in. All the things internally on this tractor needed to be machined, changed or repaired. It took fairly some time.”
Subsequent 12 months’s Glory Days Tractor Present is predicted to have a spring date as effectively. Neal mentioned they plan to maintain the present within the spring with a date almost definitely the second weekend of April. For updates on the present, go to the Glory Days Tractor Present Fb web page.
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