Retired Iron Tractor Show to raise money for Franklin County Fairgrounds projects

  • Jon Copeta competes at the Retired Iron Tractor Show at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield in 2019. The event returns on Saturday. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Tractors on display during the 2019 Retired Iron Tractor Show at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Hunter Boyd competes at the Retired Iron Tractor Show at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield in 2019. The event returns on Saturday. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Drivers line up to compete at the Retired Iron Tractor Show at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield in 2019. The event returns on Saturday. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

For the Recorder
Published: 5/4/2022 10:30:23 PM
Modified: 5/4/2022 10:28:51 PM

GREENFIELD — With a goal of raising money for major infrastructure projects at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, organizers are gearing up for the fourth annual Retired Iron Tractor Show on Saturday, the fairgrounds’ largest tractor pull of the year.

Organizer Mike Scranton said this will be the first year of advertising the event to the public since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Last year, there were 38 tractor pullers and around 100 tractors, and only around 150 attendees.

“Last year, it was more word of mouth and not advertised to the public,” Scranton said. “This year, we’re hoping for 1,000 people.”

Tractor pulling will begin at 10 a.m. and will likely conclude by 5 p.m., depending on the number of entries. A $5 minimum donation to support the Franklin County Fairgrounds is required for admission.

“It’s all for fun,” Scranton added. “There are no entry fees or prizes. It’s just to see who can pull the most weight.”

Once the Retired Iron Tractor Show grows its audience, Scranton hopes to add a flea market and a tractor pull for children. He noted the event is “great for kids.”

“They like to sit on the tractors and take pictures,” he said.

Michael Nelson, president of the Franklin County Agricultural Society that manages the fairgrounds, said the fundraiser pairs well with the area’s “deep agricultural heritage.”

“As a nonprofit organization, we rely on events like this to help maintain and preserve our facility,” he noted.

The Franklin County Fairgrounds is completing two major infrastructure projects — upgrading the electrical system and installing new walkways — that total more than $400,000.

“I am eager to raise a few thousand dollars this weekend to make a significant impact on the cost of this work,” Nelson said.

For more information about Saturday’s event, visit retirediron.org.


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