Tractors the main attraction
FARMINGTON - While the featured tractor of the 19th Annual Tractor Festival is the 1949 Oliver 77, there were plenty of other competitors on display, along with pulling and other events that kept attendees happy.
The event, sponsored by the Maine Antique Tractor Club, is going on at the Farmington Fairgrounds through Sunday. The festival offers a full schedule of progressive drag competitions for large tractors, lawn tractors and even pedal tractors, along with tractor games through the day.
Each day of the event starts off with the daily pancake breakfast hosted by the Maine Maple Producers at the Sugar House on the grounds, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Ongoing events include equipment demos, such as the rock crusher, wood splitter and a shingle mill. Contests and prizes in photography and pie baking will be judged on Sunday afternoon. Pie entries can still be dropped off on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Starbird Building, across from the pulling ring. Photos will be judged at noon and pies at 2 p.m.
A parade of tractors showed their stuff in the pulling ring as a band played in the Beano building on Saturday. Several food and craft booths are available between the events. A skillet toss and hammer throw was a well-attended event. Carol Coles of Starks, gave the skillet the big wind up and had a great follow through for a 18-foot, 2-inch long toss.
"Practicing tossing would have helped," she said.
The final events at 3 p.m. Sunday, will be an auction of the award-winning pies and a tractor in the pulling ring. Proceeds from the auction go to scholarships and educational programs.