Lorna and Paul Graham from the Croton area with their historical Froelich tractor. They will be operating their antique threshing machine at the 2018 IPM (Sept. 18-22) in the antique and historical area of the event at Pain Court. (Kim Cooper photograph)
Have you ever heard of the East Kent Vintage Equipment Club? If not, let’s look at this group, which operates out of the Ridgetown area.
The East Kent Vintage Equipment Club started in 2004 by a group of antique tractor enthusiasts. Their mission statement is “Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage for Education and Recreation.” They do this through a number of events they host, including their annual tractor driver, annual plow day, annual potluck supper, as well as participating in local parades and community events.
The main event this group hosts is their annual show and this year will be their 14th annual event.
The original idea on their first show in 2005 was to feature Allis Chalmers tractors and equipment. Every year since, the club has featured a different make of tractor. This year, their feature will be CASE tractors, equipment and gas engines.
Their show is a great place to meet with other antique farm equipment enthusiasts and view their collections. It also helps educate yourself and your family about our farming heritage, enjoy some country music and home cooking. Their show has grown dramatically every year with more exhibitors, vendors, spectators, demonstrations, and events.
The 14th annual show will be taking place, as it always is, on the Civic Day weekend (Aug. 4 and 5 this year) and is at the Ridgetown Fair grounds, right near the Ridgetown Arena.
There are many highlights that take place at this show, including children’s activities, demonstrations on vintage threshing, harvest and plowing, demonstrations on vintage machinery and saw mill work, steam engine sweet corn, food booths, vendors, a vintage car display, the Ridgetown District Ag Society Ambassador Contest, a parade, a tractor pull, a Saturday night pig roast, and so much more. There are so many activities packed into these two days.
The East Kent Vintage Equipment Club members are antique tractor enthusiasts who enjoy collecting, restoring and showing antique farm equipment. If this interests you, they are always looking for more members. For more information on this club and their Annual Show, check their website at www.ekvec.net
The East Kent Vintage Equipment Club is another example of how groups and organizations add strength within our Chatham-Kent agricultural community.
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Just some food for thought.
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Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 45 years. He can be reached at email@example.com
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