Dairy Day Honors 'Tractor Jack'

6/15/2013 7:00 AM
By Doreen Barker New York Correspondent

DRYDEN, N.Y. — The 29th Annual Dryden Dairy Day was held last Saturday in and around Montgomery Park in Dryden.

The parade coincides with the celebration of June Dairy Month.

Dryden is a small farming community in upstate New York. The event incorporated local businesses, schools and churches for a fun-filled parade and gathering at the small community park.

This year’s parade was dedicated to a local grange member and long time farmer, Roger Gleason.

The event started with the 2nd Annual Rotary Dairy Dash 5K Run around Dryden Village.

The parade itself included something a little different this year. After area farmers lost one of their most reliable and trusted repairmen in April, a local Dryden dairy farmer was inspired to organize a tractor procession. Troy Sherman, a farmer from just outside of town, honored his best friend and tractor repairman, Melvin Jackson Scholes Jr., in a way that would have made “Tractor Jack” proud.

Over 50 tractors lined up for the largest number of tractors to ever take part in the parade. As they rolled through the streets of this quaint rural upstate New York town, tractors from the surrounding region showed their respect and honor to a man that provided over 20 years of tractor service to more then 150 regional farms. Tractors from Lansing, Groton, Dryden and several other towns were present.

Jack Scholes daughter, Julie Scholes said: “I want to thank everyone for their participation in the parade. Troy Sherman was awesome for getting this together. I can’t express enough gratitude to everyone that took time from their busy lives to honor my dad. Thank You!”

Jack Scholes was based in a neighboring community, Groton, but traveled to towns that were hours away. He is missed dearly by his family, friends and extended farming family.

As the parade finished, many watching headed to the town park to take part in the day’s festivities. Attendants got to see cows, calves and other livestock. There were games and guessing contests.

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