Friday, April 29, 2016
Tractors and More . . . .
Yup, it's just a week away. On Saturday, May 7, the members of the Panhandle Antique Tractor and Engine Club will create some nostalgia and transform a a farm field.
They're also hoping to raise more funds for their equipment display building, set to be constructed in Kootenai.
This year, the group will till up a field in Algoma, one-half mile down the Algoma Spur Road off HWY 95 in Sagle.
While visitors stroll around amiring the ever-growing fleet of beautifully preserved vintage tractors, others will be hooking up their plows or disks to those tractors and taking their turns prepping a 30-acre field for seeding.
Throughout the day, burgers, hotdogs and drinks will be available at a concession stand operated by volunteers from the Bonner County Heritage Museum. Donations will also be accepted. All profits will go toward the equipment display building.
Over the past several years, I've attended a few of these events and can enthusiastically report that they are fun experiences.
There's a great atmosphere of nostalgia, there's good down-home visiting of a rural nature and there is definitely a vast display of pride in workmanship, not only with the tractors themselves but also with the work performed by their drivers in the field.
Plus, there's a never-ending flow of historical tales to be told.
I've never seen a tractor owner yet who wasn't more than happy to show off his pride and joy on four wheels.
So, mark the date on your calendar---Saturday, May 7, beginning at 9 a.m. out south of town off from HWY 95. Watch for signs along the highway and come join the fun.
For more specific information, call Lee at 610-5871 or Jim at 597-4335.