Instead of turning soil, the antique tractors were used to turn memories.
Members of the Canadian Rivers Old Iron Club pulled their machines into a parking lot along Land Rush Street a little before noon Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Fair.
Raymond Pappe, 76, of Oklahoma City, walked among the tractors at State Fair Park as they readied for the parade during the 35th Annual Senior Citizens' Day.
Pappe, who was raised on a farm near Union City, said attending the state fair's antique tractor parade “is kind of an annual thing for me.”
“It brings back some good memories, of long hours and hard work,” he said. “We had tractors this size and larger tractors, too. Between my brother and I and my dad, we would work around the clock at times so we could keep up.”
Although the parade was held on Senior Citizens' Day, the tractors are displayed throughout the state fair between the Oklahoma Expo Hall and the Cox Pavilion, along side Wichita Walk.
Jim Young of the Canadian Rivers Old Iron Club said they have 36 this year, the most in the nine years they have had the exhibit at the state fair.
“We do it for history,” said the 79-year-old from Oklahoma City. “So many people who live in the city, especially kids, they don't know what this is.”
Young didn't grow up on a farm, but he worked on trucks. One day while at a friend's place, he noticed an old tractor. He bought and restored the 1953 International Farmall, Super Md.
Now, three generations of his family are involved in the club. Sometimes he will just watch and listen as people walk among the tractors.
“A lot of them just have to touch it, just like that guy right there wiggling the seat of the tractor,” he said. “We hear a lot of, ‘My grandfather had one,' or ‘My dad had one' or ‘I used to have one of those.' We hear that every day.
“It takes people back.”