Antique tractors to be put to work during Plow Day

Tim Barnum
Antique tractors will be put to work in a field in near the corner Lincoln Road and M-61 Saturday.

LINCOLN TWP. — People often see the Sunrise Side Antique Tractor Club’s old-time tractors displayed at different events, but Aug. 23 the tractors will be put to work during the club’s annual Plow Day.

Tractor club member Jerry Wenkel said tractor owners will meet at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Johnsfield Road in the morning, with plowing to begin at 10 a.m.

“We’ll be using the church pavilion for a base camp, as we say,” he said. “We’ll be plowing the field on the corner there.”

Last year more than 20 tractors were used throughout the day to plow the field, with tractors from the 1930s to the 1960s being hooked up to plows and put to work. Wenkel said people who are not members of the Sunrise Side Antique Tractor Club can still participate in the event, and a plow is not needed.

“We have a few plows for people that don’t have a plow but have a tractor,” he said. “We have seven or eight available.”

Plow Day is scheduled to wrap up at dusk. Activities will be held throughout the day at the church pavilion, Wenkel said.

“We have a dinner and some drawings and stuff,” he said. “We try to raise some money for our scholarship. The Sunrise Side Antique Tractor Club gives away three scholarships a year.”

The meal will be served around 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. and will include chicken, a pig roast and other items donated by event sponsors Knochel Oil and Helena Chemical Company, Wenkel said.

Last year’s Plow Day saw around 300 people stop in at the church during Plow Day to check out the old tractors in the field or enjoy the meal, Wenkel said.

“We had some people who were just driving down the road that saw some tractors and stopped in,” he said. “We had people from the Thumb area, Saginaw, Chesaning.”

If it is raining too hard Saturday, Wenkel said the Plow Day will be moved to Sunday, Aug. 24.

For more information, contact Wenkel at 989-737-4960, Brian Rueger at 989-239-5074 or Joe Knochel at 989-239-2334.


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