BOONSBORO - Cody Palmer stalled out five times Thursday morning as he drove his rusted red 1939 Farmall H tractor to Boonsboro High School for Tractor Day.
Tractor Day judges later called Palmer's rig the "steel beam" and officially pronounced it the ugliest of 14 tractors in competition.
For decades, Boonsboro High School students have driven their tractors to school for an annual contest crowning the prettiest tractor.
This year, organizers added the "ugliest tractor" category, said Erin Canfield, 16, the FFA's president.
The judges wanted to find the oldest tractor for the "ugliest" award, said Boonsboro High School teacher Brad Delauter, one of the Tractor Day judges.
Delauter awarded ribbons and shook hands with all six winners - three in each category - and presented the two first-place winners with gift cards donated by Tractor Supply Co.