Antique Tractor Pulls Part of Crown of Maine Balloon Fest
The Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club is joining this year’s Crown of Maine Balloon Festival, offering some great additions to events at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 29th.
“We wanted to be a part of the festival both because it’s a great way to promote the agricultural heritage of the area, which is very important to us, and we wanted to help the festival grow,” said Cheryl Boulier. Thanks to that commitment, as well as the sponsorship of R.H. Foster Energy, there will be a busy afternoon of fun for the entire family that day.
Free tractor train rides will be offered around the fairgrounds from 12:00-5:00 p.m. The rides will begin and end near the Commercial Exhibition Building. The Agricultural Museum will also be open from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The museum was created in 2009 through a partnership with the club and the Northern Maine Fair Association. Located on the fairgrounds, the museum showcases various pieces of vintage farm equipment, tools and books. This is a great opportunity to come learn more about the agricultural heritage
The afternoon will also see a favorite activity in the area, tractor pulls. None of the tractors for the Antique Tractor Pull are newer than 1960. The pulls will begin at 1:00 p.m. and are expected to last for about four hours. There is no cost to watch the event.
For those who may have a tractor that they want to enter into the event, registration is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants must be members of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club (memberships are available the day of the pull) and have their insurance paid for 2015.
Established in 2008, the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club is a family-oriented organization focused on the preservation of the region’s rural heritage and restoration of the “old” tractors, equipment and related items that were used in the farming industry by the past generations. Antique Tractor Club Brings Great Additions to the Festival: Tractor Pulls, Train Rides and Agricultural Museum Offered Saturday. They want to build an awareness of our agricultural heritage to present and future generations by showing these old tractors and equipment at work.
The Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club has grown to over 300 members from Fort Kent to Southern Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. The club offers something of interest to everyone from youth to adults, such as tractor pulling, demonstrations, plow days, tractor trek for charity, trade fairs, and community and family events. Come join in for this free, fun-filled afternoon for the whole family!