A time to reminisce and learn at tractor expo

Older folks reminisced and young people learned about agriculture of the past at the Champlain Valley Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Associations 17th Annual Exhibition held Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Over 150 tractors, small engines, snow sleds, chain saws and other items of yesteryear were on display and the equipment didnt sit idle. There were tractor pulls, lawn and garden tractor parades, log cutting, chain saw demonstrations and wagon and stagecoach rides for the children. Association President David Babbie said rainy weather hurt Sundays crowds, but Saturdays crowd topped last years two-day turnout.

While most of the exhibitors were from Clinton County several came from other parts of New York State and Vermont. Who are these collectors? Babbie said. I find theyre often older people who like to tinker with things. I bought a few old chain saws and it grew from there into tractors and equipment. Some call it antique fever. Once you get involved you just keep buying. Certainly its also got to be true that many who grew up on farms love to recall the days of their youth - driving the green John Deere, the orange Case or Allis Chalmers or the red Farmall.

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