FFA chapters will display at the Pennsylvania Farm Show the antique tractors they have spent the past several months restoring.
The tractors were made before 1975 and have internal combustion engines. FFA members were allowed to work on the restoration individually or as a chapter team.
Entrants were also required to submit short videos about their restorations. See the videos at bit.ly/tractorvideos20
Chapters will present their projects at the Farm Show on Saturday, Jan. 11. Presentations will be given on the Lancaster Farming Stage in the Giant Expo Hall.
All chapters will receive a premium of $200 from the Farm Show and $600 from Lancaster Farming and the Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation.
Lancaster Farming and the foundation will also give $250 and a plaque for best of show, most authentic, best video, most improved, best presentation and best record book.
The awards will be presented at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, on the Lancaster Farming Stage.
Listed below are the Pennsylvania FFA chapters who will have tractors at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Trevor Mauk of Centre County restored a 1952 John Deere Model 50. Mauk purchased the tractor in April 2017.
Blue Juniata FFA
Four members of the Huntingdon County chapter restored a donated 1946 Farmall B. The tractor had a big mouse nest inside the transfer case, and the members needed several days to clear the debris that was throughout the tractor.
Central Mountain FFA
Eight chapter members from Clinton County restored a John Deere 40 Utility tractor. The group fabricated a drawbar mount, drawbar and hitch.
Three chapter members restored a 1951 Ford N8 that belonged to team member Liz Holtry’s great- grandfather. This is the fourth tractor that Holtry has worked on for the competition.
Montour County chapter members rebuilt a 1950 Toro General Model B.
Grand Canyon FFA
Eight members restored a 1950 Minneapolis-Moline RTU that belongs to chapter member Mike Avery. The Tioga County chapter bought a second tractor, a Minneapolis-Moline Jet Star, and put its more powerful engine in the RTU.
This is the third time the Adams County chapter is competing. Ten chapter members rebuilt a 1940 John Deere Model B. The tractor will become a memorial for Littlestown students died in a car crash in the 1990s.
Three members restored a 1955 John Deere 60. This model replaced the company’s Model A and was the start of Deere’s transitioned to numbered tractor models. The greasy, heavily rusted frame was a major focus of the restoration.
Standing Stone FFA
The Huntingdon County chapter participated for the first time. Six members worked with adviser Heather Wasson to restore a 1937 John Deere Model B with a landing lever.
Four Schuylkill County high school students rebuilt a Ford N2 that was donated by Joyce and Lynn Dietrich.
Watch the tractor restoration videos here.