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Vintage Tractors Visit Plow Days

May 3, 2016

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

The Golden Arch Farms, at the intersection of Highway I and Angle Road, was a very busy spot on Sunday as dozens and dozens of tractors, their owners and fans of those machines came out for day in the sun.

The Northwoods Tractor Club sponsors the event, which appears to be growing in popularity

While youngsters in the crowd likely did not understand the old-time machines, they were certainly occupied with rides through the farm yard and visits to the petting zoo, that this year featured a kangaroo.

It was the fifth year for the event, which marks one of the reminders that summer is just a matter of days away.

The antique tractors were out in the Golden Arch fields shortly after 9:30 a.m. using plows to turn the rich soils. At 12:30 p.m. the tractors lined up for a parade down Angle Road, Highway I and then through the farm’s main yard and rolling past the crowd.

It was a busy day for all.

In addition to the tractors and the kangaroo, there was a chainsaw wood carving demonstration and plenty of food.

The centerpiece of the show was Ken and Kay Hetto’s Case Vac tractor, a machine with quite a history.

The VA series was introduced in 1942 with dramatic improvements over the former V products. But production was quickly halted the same year as Case shifted exclusively to military machinery for the war effort. The V series returned in 1944 continuing until 1953.

It was just one of the many tractors at Plow Days, and there were real stories to be told.

David Stone brought his 1919 Rimely Oil Pull, model 14-28 to
the Plow Days program Sunday in the town of Neva.

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