Show highlights antique tractors, farm machinery

By Ralph Nardone Times Leader Correspondent

May 3, 2014

LAKE TWP. — The history of agriculture in Northeastern Pennsylvania was celebrated on Saturday at the fifth annual Antique Tractor and Machinery Show in Pikes Creek.

Several hundred visitors stopped by to check out more than 50 different makes and models of antique farming tractors and a variety of old-style farming implements. The also enjoyed good food, homemade baked goods, musical entertainment and a silent auction.

The event was sponsored by the Yellow Rose 4-H Club of Sweet Valley, according to the club’s organizational leader and founder Gail Verbyla.

Saturday’s event offered tractor and farming enthusiasts the opportunity to proudly display and discuss their well-kept machines.

“It’s just like an antique car show, but with tractors and machinery,” Verbyla said. “It’s a very educational event.”

Some of the different makes of tractors exhibited included Allis Chalmers, Ford, John Deere, International, Massey Harris, Minniapolis Moline and Oliver and White. Some were large-truck sized, others were lawn-tractor sized. Some came from the local area others traveled a fair distance to get there, Verbyl said.

The group awarded Braden Mac Innis, 10, for making the longest trip to the show. He and his grandfather Bill Mac Innis made the trip from the Montoursville area bringing with them an array of very old small-sized tractors with tillage and mowing equipment attached to them. They proudly displayed one tractor unit that runs on steam.

Verbyla thanked Don Casterline, owner of Casterline Diesel, for sponsoring the musical entertainment and for participating in the event each year. He brought several tractors for the show. She also thanked the folks at Lehman Nursery for providing the items used in the silent auction.

The event is the largest fundraiser for the club, said Verbyla. The club hopes to clear over $500 from the sale of food and homemade baked goods to support club programs, she said. She thanked the members for volunteering their time to work the event, the exhibitors for taking time to participate, the visitors for enjoying the day and the long list of local businesses for their support as well.