We al have our own reasons as to why we love our old tractors. It may be meories, history, the raw power of a machine molding the earth, or just owning something old and making it still run.
Our visitors come because they think old tractors might be something neat. But they seldom know why. . . They have never heard the distinctive sound a tractor makes. They haven’t seen the beauty of a working or moving tractor. They don’t know of the many lugs, attachments, or PTO assemblies. They need to know how and where a tractor was used. Why is it different from other tractors? What makes yours unique? Oh yes, and how old is it? Who owns it? Does it still work? Is that the correct color that it was painted?
It is one thing to just park our tractors in a ine and put a sign on them of how old it is and who owns it. But to our visitors, it just isn’t interesting enough. We want our visitors to HEAR how each tractor sounds and see it move (run). We want an announcer to describe each running tractor to our visitors.
Therefore, we will have a series of TRACTOR RUNS at our tractor show during the Gera Old Tractor Days. Our run lane will be from west to east in the lane between the fence in front of the bleachers and the cement barriers of the pull track. Each run will consist of 8 – 10 tractors that will go one at a time down the lane in low gear to let the visitors HEAR how it sounds. It will then stop in front of the bleachers and idle while the announcer describes it. After which th tractor is driven down the lane and back to its parking space while the next tractor in the run comes down the lane. This will continue until all the tractors in that run are through. After which the visitors can go over to see their favorites and talk to the owner.
There will be 8 runs at this show. Saturday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Also, Sunday at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 4pm. You may enter a tractor into as many runs as you wish, or you may enter a different tractor in each run. Please be there if you have signed up for a run.
Each tractor must have an information sheet filled out and given to the announcer before a tractor is allowed into the run event.
To register for a tractor run, please see a member of the Gera Old Tractor Days at the registration booth at the tractor show. We look forward to seeing you there and hope that our exhibitors and visitors like the tractor runs this year. Let us know what you think of this new show feature in the comments.