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New London tractor show a hit for whole family

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Aug 1, 2018 at 12:05 PM

NEW LONDON — The 23rd Annual F.A.R.M. (Firelands Area Restorers of Machines) Antique Tractor Show was a big success according to club president Paul Lortcher.

This year’s show featured International Harvester tractors and equipment, as well as Cub Cadet and hit and miss engines.

Activities included a tractor parade, a church service, a garden tractor pull, a power wheels derby, a kiddie pedal tractor pull and raffles for a Farmall M pedal tractor and a 1/16 scale tractor. Both were won by six-month-old Ryan Hamer, the great grandson of Bob Hamer, vice president of the club.

Lortcher said the parade and the pie auction are always favorites, and he thanked auctioneer Marty Sauder for his help with the sale. He added there were around 15 hit and miss engines, which was a record, and the group included one of the largest he had ever seen.

Other activities included the flea market, craft show, exhibits, demonstrations, a fantastic display by the Ashland Model Railroad & Rail Fans Club and wagon rides provided by F.A.R.M. member Gene Kurzen.

F.A.R.M. is made up of people interested in farm machines and equipment. Meetings are held at the North Fairfield Township Hall at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, and visitors are always welcome.

Besides Lortcher and Hamer, club officers are Jeff Scheid, secretary, and Pam Frisch, treasurer. Directors are Gene Kurzen, Steve Metro and Kevin Babcock.

Proceeds from the show are used for two $500 scholarships for students planning to make a career in the agricultural field, donations to FFA Alumni clubs at Western Reserve, South Central, New London and Willard and donations to the Salvation Army.

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