Antique tractor enthusiasts had their time to shine Saturday morning at the Hardin County Community Fair & Horse Show.

Tractors of all years and sizes were a part of the morning event. For the pull, tractors are hooked to a weighted sled and the farthest pull wins.

Bonnie Orme was there to see her nephew Dickie Garmon pull. They came all the way from central Indiana, near Corydon.

She said she always enjoys seeing antique tractors.

“That’s what we used on the farm at home, that’s what we grew up with,” she said.

Part of the draw is seeing tractors your dad or grandfather once used, she said.

“It’s a family thing we all did together,” she said.

Garmon was around15-years-old when he started pulling.

“I’ve been around tractor pulls all my life,” he said.

He used to pull with his dad and some of his dad’s friends had a modified tractor that he said they took around the country for tractor pulls.

“It’s been in my blood since I was a little kid,” he said.

Currently, he’s pulling with a Farmall 460. He’s had it about three years and is still working on getting it fixed.

“Every winter there’s always something new to fix,” he said. “When I bought it, it was a fencerow special.”

He said many of the older guys at the pull have tractors they grew up with.

Garmon still farms with the older tractors, some are tractors other members in his family used before him.

He used to pull with a different kind of antique tractor. He’d take it out of the field, put some weights on it to get it ready and take it out to the tractor pull. The next morning, he said, he’d get it ready to use on the farm again.

Most, he said, come to the tractor pulls for the competition and the friendships they make while they are there.

As in most things, there’s a lot of competition among tractor brands.

When Garmon went to sign up, two guys were standing around and he asked if they were waiting.

“We’re just standing here making fun of the International people,” they joked. International is a brand of tractor.

“It’s fun, it’s just rivalry between friends,” he said.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Becca Owsley is a features reporter at The News-Enterprise.

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