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Tractor show brings ‘living history’ to Barboursville

August 5, 2018

BARBOURSVILLE - Eighty-one tractors rolled into Sadler Field in Barboursville on Saturday for the annual tractor show, where the machinery, vintage and new, spanned more generations than the attendees.

The show, founded in 2005 by Jim and Cindi Edmonds, Sherry and Glenn Harden and Rhonda and Terry Woodrum, showcases antique tractors of all shapes, sizes and conditions as well as other old equipment, such as hit-and-miss engines. One such engine was powering a fan to beat the heat.

“This is living history, is what it is,” Jim Edmonds said. “It boils down to living history.”

The oldest tractor at the show was a 1920 Fordson, in what Jim Edmonds called its “original work clothes.”

“It’s a little bit rusty, some of the paint is peeling, we call that original work clothes,” he said. He then gestured to a newer, shinier John Deere tractor. “This one over here, it’s a show tractor more or less. They’re just in different stages and it doesn’t matter, they’re all accepted. They’re all appreciated.”

Cindi Edmonds said the three couples decided to start the tractor show because they would go out of town to similar events and they wanted to bring one closer to home.

The show has since grown from a 15-tractor event into what it is today, with many more tractors, attendees who travel for miles, and a handful of vendors.

“People don’t get to see these things,” Cindi Edmonds said.

Jim Edmonds said the founders’ appreciation for tractors came from growing up around them on small farms in Cabell County. He grew up on a farm on Hash Ridge.

“We all three have a great appreciation for the past, and we’re just trying to keep it alive for the future,” Jim Edmonds said.

He also said tractor shows are a multi-generational activity that anyone can enjoy.

“This is just one way of having fun no matter what your age is,” he said. “We had one woman in her late 70s and she was out here with her husband and little kids about nine years old. All ages having a blast, having a ball.”

The show concluded with a tractor parade through downtown Barboursville.

Follow reporter Megan Osborne on Twitter @megosborneHD.

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