Wherever you go across America, the nonfarming public has a special affection and curiosity for farm tractors. In Franklin County, Mass., the Farm Bureau organization is putting that curiosity to good use by hosting another Back 40 Tractor Ride on June 24.
The ride will be held in conjunction with the Franklin County 4-H Fair, a rural fair at Health, in the western part of the county. All ride proceeds will go to benefit the Colrain Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin County 4-H and Franklin County Farm Bureau.
The call was put out across the Bay State recently for more tractors to participate. The public will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Massachusetts farmers, hear about their farming experiences and learn about different types of tractors — even still-running antiques.
Riding rules and rewards
Prizes will be awarded for the oldest tractor, youngest driver and farthest traveled. All drivers will receive free entry into the Franklin County 4-H Fair.
All drivers must have a valid license and rubber-wheeled tractors capable of running 12 mph. Sorry, no passengers. Tractors must have working brakes and slow-moving vehicle signs. All tractors are subject to inspection.
Registration opens at 8 a.m., followed by a drivers’ meeting at 9 a.m. The ride leaves the fairgrounds at 9:30 a.m. and returns about 1:30 p.m.
To register, please email your driver's name, address, phone number, tractor make-model and year to Regina Grover at [email protected] by June 17. The $20 entry fee, payable to Franklin County Farm Bureau, can be mailed to Franklin County Farm Bureau c/o Regina Grover, 250 Brattleboro Rd., Bernardston, MA 01337.