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The Washington County Antique Tractor Club held its 10th annual show

The Washington County Antique Tractor Club held its 10th annual show

August 25, 2002|BY ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Boonsboro farmer Bill Hawbaker is a Farmall man.

He doesn't just collect Farmall tractors like those he started driving before he was 10 years old. Hawbaker uses such antique equipment as his 1949 Farmall H to rake hay and perform other tasks on his farm, he said.

His old tractors use more fuel and oil than newer models, but Hawbaker enjoys riding atop his pieces of agricultural history, he said.

Like many tractor aficionados, Hawbaker, 52, said he's brand-loyal.

"I'm partial to my Farmalls," he said.

Fans of Farmalls, Fords, Fordsons and John Deere tractors were in their element Saturday at the Washington County Antique Tractor Club's 10th annual show at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center south of Hagers-town.

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Dozens of tractors with pistons and pedals provided an opportunity for fun and education. In addition to an antique tractor display, tractor pull, parade and children's activities, the event featured vendors selling food, crafts, yard sale and farm-related goods.

Show visitors learned about tractors dating to the late 1930s as they walked among rows of restored machines.

The huge pistons in the two-cylinder engine of Ryan May's John Deere A popped and puttered. A 1937 John Deere tractor owned by Clair Martin of Maugansville sat silent among the oldest equipment on display.

"I like to ride 'em and see how they're made," said Alexander Arquines, 9, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

Alexander searched the rows of tractors for a 1945 Farmall B such as the one his grandfather, Dick Moebius, is restoring for him, he said.

Other children competed for prizes in a pedal tractor race and other games such as corn-shelling races and corn cob tosses.

Corn kernels flew as kids shucked against the clock to win rubber balls, flying discs, stuffed animals and other goodies.

Eight-year-old Kendall Ebersole's experience twisting corn from the cob for his rabbits helped him earn first prize for his age group, his mother said.

Travis Moats, 3, and his mother, Melissa, shelled corn fast enough to earn Travis the toy of his choice. The youngster carefully examined his "sore" fingers following the contest.

Dustin Segraves, 6, and Brady Taylor, 4, proved they could go the distance when they launched corn cobs ornamented with feathers far enough to earn awards.

"I play baseball in my yard with my brother," said Dustin, of Ranson, W.Va.

He looked forward to the children's pedal tractor pull to be held at 1 p.m. today, he said.

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