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Antique Tractor and Souped-Up Lawnmower Enthusiasts Invited to Participate in Farm City Festival – November 3 & 4

For the fourth straight year, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a two-day Farm City Festival, on November 3 & 4, 2017, in Marianna, FL.  If you love antiques tractors or souped-up lawnmowers, this is a unique opportunity.  Antique tractor enthusiasts have two opportunities to take part in this special celebration with a tractor drive through town on Friday, and a tractor pull on Saturday.  You don’t have to participate in the tractor pull to take part in the tractor drive, or vice versa.  The lawn mowers will pull the sled on Friday night.

Jackson County Farm City Festival – 2016 Antique Tractor Drive through downtown Marianna. Photo: Doug Mayo

Antique Tractor Drive – Friday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Antique tractors will be offloaded at the Jackson County Agriculture Center, 3631 Highway 90 West, Marianna, Florida.  Registration will begin at 9:00 AM Central time, tractor lineup at 9:30, with the actual Tractor Drive leaving at 10:00 AM.  The first leg of the drive will follow Highway 90 east 6.1 miles to the Marianna Farmer’s Market.  Drivers will create a static display at the Marianna Farmer’s Market from 11:00 – 1:30. At 2:00 PM the antique tractors will begin the return leg of drive back west to the Agriculture Center along Highway 90.

Farms, antique tractor collectors, 4-H clubs, FFA Chapters, and civic organizations are encouraged to participate in the drive.  Tractors must be 1987 or older models.  Wagons with club members can be pulled behind the tractors, but must have an adult chaperone in the wagon with youth, and an adult tractor driver.  Tractor drive participants are not required to participate in the tractor pull competition.

Jackson County Farm City Festival – Lawn Mower Pull.  Photo:  Doug Mayo

Lawn Mower Pull – Friday 6:00 PM

There will be a souped-up lawn mower pull on Friday night starting at 6:00 PM at the Jackson County Agriculture Center, 3631 Highway 90 West, Marianna, Florida.  Food vendors will be on-hand, so gather up the family after work and come watch these souped-up lawn mowers pull the sled down the track.  If you have never seen these powerful little machines roar down the track, you need to bring the family and check it out.

Jackson County Farm City Festival – Antique Tractor Pull. Photo: Doug Mayo

Antique Tractor Pull & Agricultural Festival – Saturday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Antique tractors will compete by pulling a sled, based on tractor weight classes at the Jackson County Agriculture Center, 3631 Highway 90 West, Marianna, Florida.  Tractor pull participants must be registered by 8:30 AM central time; a driver’s meeting will be held at 8:45, with Opening Ceremonies taking place at 9:00.  The hooking fee is $10 per pull.  Trophies will be presented to the top three finishers in each class. Camp sites are available for Tractor Pull participants at the Ag Center for $20 per night.

Numerous food and craft vendors will be on hand selling their creations.  There will be a variety of activities for kids:  an inflatable bounce house, slide, and bucking bull, along with pony rides, and a barrel train.  There will also be agricultural demonstrations:  Chipola Beekeepers, Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association, Florida Forest Service, and Florida Dairy Farmers.  All activities will be on the Ag Center grounds in the vicinity of the tractor pull, so this will be a fun event for the whole family.  This is a sponsored event, so admission is free to the public.

Highlight Video from the 2016 Jackson County Farm City Festival

For more information, contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce:

850-482-8060

Website:  http://www.jacksoncounty.com/

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCoChamber/

For specific questions about the tractor drive, lawn mower pull, or antique tractor pull, contact Steve Hurst  850-573-1543.

 

PG

Author: Doug Mayo - demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news - Jackson County Extension Director - Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

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