FARMINGTON – Maine Antique Tractor Club’s 14th annual Antique Tractor Festival is the largest showing of antique tractors in New England, said Robert Davids, the club’s publicity chairman.

The festival takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Farmington Fairgrounds with gates opening at 8 a.m. each day. Tractors and implements manufactured by J.I. Case will be featured this year, along with other antique farm tractors, construction machinery, lawn and garden tractors and antique engines.

In addition to displays, the festival features different forms of pulling (antique, lawn and garden, doodlebug and, for children, pedal pulling and games), a tractor parade and machinery demonstrations. There is a flea market, swap meet and tractor parts vendors, as well as lots of food vendors and Maine crafters. On-site camping with hook-ups is available by reservation.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 11-17 and free for ages 10 and under.

The Maine Tractor Club was formed in 1994 by a handful of antique tractor collectors. “The club focuses on the preservation of information, documents and artifacts relating to the invention, development and use of farm tractors, related implements and equipment,” Davids said.

Membership has grown to 500 from Maine and other states with a Northern Branch organizing their own Northern Maine Tractor Club. Membership is not limited to those who own tractors but is open to all who have an interest in this hobby, he said.

Club members participate in events all over Maine. This Summerfest Tractor Festival is their largest event. A full lineup of weekend activities may be found at its Web site, www.maineantiquetractorclub.com


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