The farming community of Hadley celebrated the 350th Anniversary by hosting an Antique Tractor Show at The Long Hollow Bison Farm on Sunday, May the 24th. The event featured over 120 of the best restored, original and new tractors exhibited for the estimated 4500 hundred people of all ages who came out to support & celebrate the event. The event featured tractors from the local fields, barns & farms of Hadley, Hatfield, and Williamsburg to as far away as Maine & Pennsylvania. The tractors were “judged” by local celebrities & dignitaries to include the selectman of Hadley, Larry McDermott, publisher of the Springfield Republican, Coach Derek Kellogg, UMASS Basketball Coach, Dr. Fred Hess, Veterinarian, but to name a few. The Oldest & Rarest Tractor was a 1925 Rumely Oil Pull owned by Bacon’s Equipment, Williamsburg MA.
The winners were
Best Restoration: 1930 International Harvester Farmall, Tom Perron, Amherst
Best Steel-Wheeled: 1932 John Deere GP, Robert MacDonald, Leverett
Best Pre-1960: International Harvester Farmall, Joseph Pelis, Hatfield
Best Post-1960: 1971 Massey Ferguson 1150, Wagner Wood, Amherst
Best in Show: 1971 Massey Ferguson 1150, Wagner Wood, Amherst
The Favorite entries from Hadley went to:
1st Place – Allard’s Farms 1952 John Deere A,
2nd Place – Devine Farms 1934 John Deere A, and
3rd Place – 1951 Farmall C owned by Mapleline Farms.
The event featured over 20 farmers market vendors, 11 new equipment dealers, Muddy Brook Farm provided horse drawn wagon rides, Rocky Acre Farms provided a petting zoo & pony rides and Maple Valley 4H provided a raffle table which featured an autographed tractor poster signed by Willy Nelson. There was a trackless train & duck races, face painting and sand art for the kids. Local Burger, ice cream by Flayvors, hot dogs & cotton candy by the Hadley Park & Rec. tastefully supplied the food and the FFA of Smith Vocational School supplied a baked potato and baked goods table.
On behalf of the Antique Tractor Committee we would like to extend our most heartfelt appreciation to the Antique Tractor Banner Sponsors, The Springfield Republican, The Advocate, Goulet Trucking Inc., and Whole Foods whose financial & marketing assistance made our event possible.
Bruce Jenks, Allard’s Farm Inc. Committee Chairman
Tami Kokoski, Mapleline Farm Inc. Committee Treasurer
Paul Ciaglo, Long Hollow Bison Farm Event Host