• Trevor Blake, of Bernardston, drives a 1942 Farmall A tractor in the weight pull event during the Retired Iron Tractor Show on Saturday at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, July 7, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little—© 2018

Staff Writer
Published: 7/4/2019 10:00:13 AM

Tractors are coming to town this weekend. Beginning Saturday at 8 a.m., the Retired Iron Tractor Show at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Wisdom Way in Greenfield will feature dozens of antique tractors on display, a craft fair and flea market and other agricultural-themed events.

“It’s a great family event. Come watch the young kids pull weight on their garden tractors, then watch the antique tractors pulling weights up to 18 tons or more,” said Mike Scranton, the event’s organizer.

Throughout the weekend’s festivities, there will be tractor weight pulls and an hour-long tractor parade around the fairgrounds.

On display will be tractors from the 1920s to the 1970s along with gas engines, doodlebugs, garden tractors and other farming equipment.

According to Scranton, who helped put on the event for the first time last year, tractors both large and small will line up at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the grandstands to pull a sled loaded with concrete blocks up to 100 feet. Weight is added as the pull progresses.

Last year, the weight climbed to almost 20 tons. 

The kickoff tractor pull will also include the garden tractor sled pull, managed by the Southern Vermont Youth Pullers. Children ages 5 to 18 can drive the smaller vehicles.

Following that, tractors will rumble around the fairgrounds in a procession beginning Sunday at 11 a.m. Last year, 10 tractors participated in the parade, which traversed back roads through Greenfield and Shelburne.

Parking for the event is free, as is admission for children. There’s a suggested $5 donation for adults. Proceeds cover the costs of hosting the event. The rest goes toward the Franklin County Fairgrounds mudslide repair project. The tractor show will be put on rain or shine, as there’s plenty of covered areas in case of inclement weather.

For more information, visit retirediron.org.




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