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As a farm reporter, I sometimes have this problem: I like what I do. And I do things that I like.

That was the case Friday night, when I drove a little more than an hour west after work, to get to the Crawford County Fairgrounds.

The drive and the time were mostly at my own expense, but I went to see something I personally enjoy: old tractors.

The 11th annual Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Show ran from June 16-18 and I visited the second night. This year’s feature tractor was John Deere and a good number of tractors were on hand, with the state’s two-cylinder club bringing quite a few, as well.

Lots to see

There also were a good many Farmall tractors and a few attachments, like a mounted corn picker, a John Deere G attached to a three-bottom plow, and an old grain drill someone had restored.

We did not intend on covering the event from a news standpoint, partly because there are so many equipment shows in our circulation area that we’d be setting ourselves up for an impossible feat for our small staff. And there’d be a lot of disgruntled folks who would wonder why “their “show didn’t get a story.

But I read so many news articles and advertisements for the Crawford show that I got to thinking: Maybe I’d head over that way on my own, just for the fun of it.

I bargained with my editor that if she would reimburse me for half the mileage, I’d take care of shooting some pictures for our website and also shoot one or two that could be used for the newspaper.

I enjoy looking over old tractors and talking with the people who own them, and as a reporter for a major farm and antiques publication, it’s hard not to at least take some pictures.

I have an old John Deere B that I restored with my brother two years ago. And he had restored an Oliver 77 a few years earlier.

Interesting exhibit

One of the guys I met — Steve Schafer — of Sycamore, Ohio, purchased a John Deere AR tractor over the Internet from someone in Flint, Michigan. The tractor had been badly damaged in a fire, but was completely restored for the show.

Schafer showed me the before and after pictures and it was an amazing difference. And, just to drive the point home, he fired the tractor up so I could hear how well it ran.

Those two-cylinders sounded pretty darn good, especially when you consider the damage the tractor had sustained.

Take a look here at some of the images from the show. And if space permits, we’ll get a picture or two in the paper, as well.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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