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Tractors star at Steam and Craft Show

September 18, 2005|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa.

Todd and Trevor Meyers caused some heads to turn at the Two Top Ruritan Steam and Craft Show this weekend.

The blond, 11-year-old twins carefully and slowly piloted two unusual, bright orange tractors along a dirt path beside a display of about 250 antique tractors and equipment.

Leading the way was Todd, driving a 1949 Case VAC, one of only 63 made. The medium-sized tractor has a slow ground speed and was sold on the East Coast for truck farming, according to the boys' grandfather, Richard Hoffman.

Trevor followed on a small 1959 Economy tractor, also meant for a truck patch. Hoffman said that his father purchased the Economy new, and it has not been repainted.

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The sons of Delbert and Kimberly Meyers of St. Thomas, Pa., the boys attend James Buchanan Middle School.

Richard Martin, chairman of the show, said the event is the 18-member Ruritan Club's main fundraiser, and that the proceeds are used within the community. Attendance was greater than the last two years, when hurricanes Ivan and Isabel dampened the area, Martin said.

"From lunchtime to 3 p.m. today, you could hardly walk through here," Martin said.

The show, in its 19th year, had eight classes of farm tractor pulls on Saturday, which were expected to last until 11 p.m. A petting zoo and a display of small gas engines was set up near the clubhouse.

The featured tractor this year was the Ford, with about 35 on display. A hand-cranked 1918 Fordson tractor, one of Henry Ford's first, stood complete with an old plow.

Throughout the grounds, 165 vendors sold everything from fir seedlings and iris bulbs to lamps, purses and an outdoor furnace.

The schedule for today includes breakfast at 7:30 a.m., a worship service at 9 a.m. with the Masters Four Quartet and speaker Paul Martin, a parade of equipment at 1 p.m. and a pedal tractor pull at 2:30 p.m.

A display of about 250 tractors and demonstrations of thrashing wheat, baling, sawmill and gas engines continue throughout the day. Raffle winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

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