Antique tractor show combined with C&O Canal Days makes double the fun

August 25, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • Sherry and Kevin McGee of Martinsburg look over flowers made from birch at a booth during C&O Canal Days in Williamsport on Saturday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. — The barn at Springfield Farm in Williamsport had enough tractors sitting outside it Saturday to plow a few thousand acres before sunset.

The signature orange Allis-Chalmers, green and yellow John Deeres, red Farmalls, Massey Fergusons, Fords and other models were assembled there for the Washington County Antique Tractor Show and a downtown parade of chugging, diesel smoke-belching agricultural power.

It was the first time the club had moved the show to Williamsport, club President Dean Lowry said. The show usually is at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, but it made sense to make it part of the 36th annual Williamsport C&O Canal Days rather than compete for visitors, he said.

“Because our little boy loves tractors,” Val Buskirk of Hancock said when asked why they came to Canal Days. Eleven-month-old Sam did indeed appear to be impressed by the machines and a ride in a train pulled by a small tractor.

The oldest machine was a 1919 Allis-Chalmers, originally designed to haul horse-drawn equipment, but many were adapted to roadwork, such as graders, Lowry said. Allis-Chalmers was the featured manufacturer at the show, he said.

“I’m an owner of seven of them,” said Paul Yoachim of Rome, Pa. For the money, they were the cheapest to operate per gallon and per hour, he said.

The town was swollen with visitors Saturday afternoon to sample the fare of food vendors and artisans’ wares.

Canal Days continues Sunday beginning at 7 a.m. with an indoor yard and bake sale at the Moose Lodge. Vendors will open their stalls at 9 a.m., and trolley and hay-wagon rides will be offered throughout the day.

“We’re one family that does everything together,” said Janet Morgan of Williamsport. She, her husband, Keith, and a couple more generations of Morgans wandered in to Byron Memorial Park after spending some time wandering among the vendors downtown.

“We had to come and get some of the good food here,” said her son, Lance Morgan.

One of Janet and Keith’s grandchildren, Bryce, was among those selling food at the park pavilion for the Williamsport High School Blue Band.

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