The Versailles Republican Sports
July 5, 2007
2007 F.A.R.M Club antique
tractor pull held at Ripley County Fairgrounds
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
The antique farming and related machinery show held on the
weekend of June 22-24 at the Ripley County fairgrounds was
greatly attended and appreciated by attenders. Many comments
were made by viewers, happy to see such a large array of memories
collected in one place, especially at the price of free entry
to the numerous exhibits.
The tractor pull scheduled for Friday evening was postponed
due to rain until the Ripley County Fair, but the Antique
pull got off without a htch, or should I say with many hitches.
Pictured below are but a few of those tying the knot to the
sled, which include fellows who are or have been Ripley County
competitors in many different sporting events, pror to this
The competitions drivers varied from high school aged to grandpas.
The tractors from smokers to quiet and from rusty to beautifully
painted and detailed. Loud and proud to quiet and lethal.
All made for a very entertaining evening for those with the
farm at heart.
Milan Indian senior Andrew Dixon, an avid sports figure
for the tribe, also enjoys the extracurricular activity
of the tractor pull at the F.A.R.M. Antique tractor
pull held at the Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood
on Saturday, June 23. This was Dixon's first and he
would like to do it more. He is aboard a late 50's model
770 Oliver. Dixon is also a Ripley County 4-H member.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Cross Plains Wildcat of the past Donald Eades enjoys
tractor pulls on his 1954 Super MTA IH McCormick Farmall.
As time passes, the sports may change, but the competitive
instincts continue. Bigger boys require bigger toys.
Eades took 3rd place in the 2006 Indoor Winter National
Antique Tractor Pull for both the 6500# and 6000# -
3 MPH class. Eades won the 6500# pull at Osgood and
finished 3rd in the 6000# pull. His last pull was at
Quincy Illinois last weekend, June 30.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Jac-Cen-Del Eagle senior Zach Linville pulls his 1957
John Deere 720 as a part of the 2007 F.A.R.M.Antique
tractor pull held for the first year at the Ripley
County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 23. He has pulled
tractors in competition since the age of 9. At right,
Grandpa Roger tries his luck. Young Linville is a
Ripley County 4-H member.