Tractor enthusiasts gather


Hundreds of tractors and other farm implements were on display at the Greenville Farm Power of the Past show, held Thursday through Sunday at the Darke County Fairgrounds.

Erik Martin

emartin@civitasmedia.com

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Fairgrounds played host to the 16th annual reunion of Greenville’s Farm Power of the Past, July 9-12.

Eventgoers were able to get a close-up look at hundreds of tractors on display at the grounds, not to mention lawn mowers, gas and steam powered engines and horse drawn equipment.

Attendees of all ages were treated to a wide assortment of activities, goods and concessions during the event, including flea markets, food vendors, barrel train, antique trucks, autos and motorcycles, chainsaw carving, corn shredding, threshing and wood sawing.

Friday evening saw the Darke County Tractor Pullers Association’s track and tractor pull in the Grandstand.

Attendees were able to take in an antique tractor pull at the Grandstand Saturday morning, followed by a kiddie tractor pull in the afternoon at the Coliseum.

Later Saturday events included a pony pull and a draft horse pull.

A car show and cruise-in and a garden tractor pull staged by the Western Ohio Garden Tractors Puller Association were scheduled for Sunday.

Farm Power of the Past President Von Oswalt said that despite the rainy conditions threatening the show, the event still saw a large number of people entering the gates.

“Under the circumstances, with the rain and all that, our turnout wasn’t too bad,” he said. “It turned out well and I think we had some decent numbers attending.”

Oswalt wished to pass along thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the show, including the Darke County Agricultural Society for allowing use of the fairgrounds, Fitzwater Tree Service for furnishing wood for the sawmill and Earhart Petroleum for providing fuel.

Next year’s 17th annual reunion show is scheduled for July 7-10 at the fairgrounds.

For information on the organization, visit the Greenville Farm Power of the Past website at www.greenvillefarmpower.org.