12th Annual Tractor Drive tours Orchardville area
September 7, 2020

Wayne County Farm Bureau  - Fairfield, IL
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Antique tractors from multiple states joined the Wayne County Farm Bureau for the 12th Annual Wayne County Antique Tractor Drive held on Labor Day, September 7. 39 tractors participated in this year’s drive, which began and ended at Dagg’s Auction Company in Orchardville.

This year, tractors headed northeast of Orchardville to Sam Dale Lake Conservation Area where they heard from Claudia Berg who runs the Middle of Nowhere concessions in the park. During lunch at a park shelter, participants heard from Brian Hammond, with the IDNR Maintenance Crew at Sam Dale. Hammond gave an overview and history of the park and Sam Dale Lake. Lunch was served by Melanie Brookman and the team from Skillet Fork Grill. Following lunch, the tractors headed south, and made a stop at the farm of Rich and Joy Greenwalt for homemade ice cream. Blake Woodard with Papertown Ag Services made a stop with their helicopter applicator and fertilizer drop spreader. Woodard and Papertown Manager Brandon Bullard talked to the participants about the use of the helicopter for their field applications.

The Earl Smith Memorial Award for the oldest driver went to 84-year old Jack Fearn of Cisne who drove a 1966 Farmall 8060. The Youngest Driver Award was presented to Casey Opell of Fairfield, who drove a 1953 International Super M. The Oldest Tractor Award was presented to Jackie Knackmus, Jr. of Vincennes, IN who drove a 1936 Allis Chalmers RC. The winner of the Most Original, Unrestored Tractor went to Ted Hughes who drove a 1972 Massie Ferguson 175. The individual who won the award for Farthest Driven was Blake Taylor of Evansville, IN who drove 90 miles to participate in the drive. Blake drove a 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee. All of the winners received a 1/16 scale toy tractor.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau would like to thank the Dagg family for welcoming the drivers to stage from their auction barn, the team at Sam Dale Lake for hosting us for lunch, the family of Rich Greenwalt for opening their shed for an ice cream break, and Papertown Ag for the helicopter fly-in. We would like to thank Sheila Walker for hundreds of pictures of this year’s event (search for her on Facebook). Finally, the Farm Bureau would like to thank all of the drivers, volunteers, and their families for participating in this year’s Wayne County Tractor Drive.

Pictures and video from the event, including all of the driver photos, are available on the Wayne County Farm Bureau Facebook Page.  

This year's Wayne County Tractor Drive
is sponsored by

4R Equipment
Albion Equipment
Herschel Johnson Implement
LeMond's Carter, Ltd
Outdoor Energy, LLC
Wm Nobbe & Co.