John Deere Dominates Antique Tractor Show In Michigan
Last Saturday, a huge crowd gathered on a green lawn under an autumn Michigan sky to take part in the annual ACE Hardware Antique Tractor Show in Rockford, where tractorenthusiasts gather every year to show off their machines that span decades, the Rockford Squire reports.
According to the media outlet, this year’s show brought in record attendance, which resulted in more than 40 antique tractors parking in rows on the event’s grounds. Participants ranged from local farmers to collectors who travel the country to show off their most prized machines and scout out potential new buys. Each tractor had been fully restored and polished, leading many experts to take up-close looks at the machines’ parts.
Chuck Newton, a Rockford resident who has helped put the show on for the past 15 years, said this year’s attendance could have been the largest ever – a thrilling thought for the man behind the festival.
“This might well be the largest antique tractor show in Kent County,” he told the media outlet. “Pete Kruer has hosted this show since he moved ACE Hardware from downtown Rockford to his spacious grounds here on Northland Drive. Our group loves Pete, he takes good care of us just as he does of his own antique tractor and his famous red ’53 Chevy pick-up truck.”
These events resulted in six winners for different categories, which included Best in Show, Most Original, Oldest Tractor, Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention for Equipment and Furthest Away. John Deere took home the most wins, ranking first in Best in Show, Oldest Tractor and Honorable Mention for Equipment.