Tractor club preserves agricultural heritage, raises money for cancer
By Emily Pitts
Staff photos by Emily Pitts
Upper: Glenn Miller of Morris Chapel displays a John Deere tractor owned by his late son, Shane Miller, as well as two McCormick deering international gas engines from the ‘40s.
Relay for Life of Hardin County hosted an antique tractor show and lawn mower pull, put on by the Tennessee River Old Iron Antique Tractor Club, on Saturday at Carter Timber and Land Office Building outside Adamsville.
The show featured approximately 10 antique tractors, was attended by more than 200 people and raised $945.00 for the American Cancer Society, according to Veronica Miller, Chair for the Relay for Life of Hardin County Committee.
Also on display was a collection of lawn mowers from the early ‘60s and ‘70s, brought by the County Line Lawn Mower Pullers of Baldwin, Miss. and Krazy Kreations from Stantonville, Tenn.
Tickets were also sold for a chance to win a professional lawn mower puller built by Raymond Miller, the creator behind Krazy Kreations in Stantonville. It was won by Robert McCasland of Savannah.
The Tennessee River Old Iron Antique Tractor Club was established approximately 12 or 13 years ago. Today, it consists of about 25 members who meet once a month on Friday nights. They participate in 12 to 15 tractor shows, parades, and festivals a year in Tennessee, northwestern Alabama and northeastern Mississippi.
“We just like to preserve the farming history, old tractors and equipment,” said club president Dickey Meek.
The oldest tractor in the show was a 1939 Model V John Deere. Many kinds of tractors and even engines and equipment were showcased, ranging from the ‘30s to modern day.
Raymond Miller, who is a member of both the Tennessee River Old Iron and the County Line Lawn Mower Pullers commented, “We just enjoy showing our tractors and telling people about them.”
The American Cancer Society research program, which began in 1946, is the largest source of private, not-for-profit cancer research funds in the United States. The organization uses community-based services to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. More information about these services is available by calling 1-800-ACS-2345 or by visiting www.cancer.org.