RICHMOND - Thirty five tractors, ranging in date from 1935 to more present times and 30 vintage cars were on display at the Edison FFA Tractor and Car Show held Saturday.
Chuck Cline, agriculture instructor, said the planning for the show each year since 2007 has been done by FFA students, with these totaling 87 current members this year.
"It is done to raise money for FFA scholarships and for a worthwhile charity organization. This year it was for the American Cancer Society, as Vickie Schaffer, a teacher in the district, was a victim and survivor of cancer. She was an FFA member in her school years and served as the FFA queen as well" he said.
SHOWING?OFF — The Edison FFA held its eighth tractor and car show Saturday despite the rainy weather. Pictured between the 1962 Chevrolet Impala, owned by Bud Cullen, and the 1953 John Deere 40, owned by John Wetherell, are, from left, kneeling, Michael Watkins, Tyler Bly, Joy Miller, Matthew Coppa and Robert Shannon; second row, Matthew Randolph, Russell Shannon, C.J. Glenn and Nathan Grafton; third row, Travis Brand, Neil Moore, Jonah Haught and Blaine Cline. -- Esther McCoy
A letter from Schaeffer was read at the close of the show thanking the students for the work done for the American Cancer Society in her honor.
"Over the eight years, we have raised over $11,000 for charities and scholarships," he explained.
The show included tests of strength or driving skills, such as a hay bale throwing contest and a timed tractor barrel rolling contest. Some contests had to be canceled because of inclement weather but the Chinese auction and ticket auction tent was busy with those hopeful of getting the bid on many car and farming vehicle tools and instruments, baskets of cosmetics, food and Longabarger products.
Travis Brand, an Edison sophomore and FFA member, was credited for having 12 pieces of farm equipment in the show, ranging from a 1940 Farmall B to a 1973 Massey Ferguson 1130. He keeps them in running order by working on the tractors to keep them in running condition. "Everyone who participates in the show gets a participation plaque," he said.
The 50-50 drawing was won by Mark Mattern who returned the $102.50 to the FFA.