Antique tractor parade at Oklahoma State Fair brings back memories during Senior Citizens' Day

Members of the Canadian Rivers Old Iron Club has three dozen antique tractors on display at the Oklahoma State Fair.
by Bryan Painter Published: September 22, 2011

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.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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