HAMPTONVILLE — On Saturday, the Windsor’s Crossroads Ruritan Club hosted its 11th annual Tractor Cruise and Show, drawing crowds from all across the local area to admire antique farm equipment.
The event began with a full country breakfast at 7 a.m., lasting until the 10 a.m. start time for the tractor parade which departed from Windsor’s Crossroads Community building, located at 5101 Windsor Road in Hamptonville.
Once guests finished their breakfasts, they were welcome to peruse the grounds of the community center which hosted an assortment of antique tractors on display, all of which were at least 25 years or older.
At 10 a.m. the grand parade of tractors departed from the community building on a 20-mile journey through Amish Country and past area vineyards. Tractors carried single drivers, couples or even groups along on their journey in a trailer pulled behind the farm equipment.
The entire event is a unique celebration of farm equipment from the past, said event organizer Bill Wooten. The community building itself is also a special place, a school house that will soon be 100 years old. Part of the Ruritan Club’s mission is to continue preserving the school house. The club also supports the community in a variety of ways from donating and assisting area residents in times of crisis, to providing scholarship funds for area students.
Participants in the tractor cruise had the option to travel along the entire 20-mile route or take shorter versions of the route. Local fire departments were stationed along the route in case of emergencies.
“The thing that really sets us apart from other tractor cruises is we go through a very rural area so that traffic is not an issue,” Wooten said. “And it’s got beautiful scenery and it’s just a good way to do it.”
Wooten said the Ruritan club’s mission is “to help people in our community to make our community a better place” and the annual breakfast and tractor show is a fun way to accomplish that mission.
Donations and entry fees for the breakfast and tractor show will go to the Ruritan Club to assist with community projects.
Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.