What a HOOT we had last night at a dear friend’s annual Pig Roast/Tractor Parade/Hay Ride! The invitation said to bring a favorite appetizer, dessert, and/or tractor. So, we arrived in style . . . in our big green tractor!
You see, our friends collects Farmalls, which for anyone who knows tractors are RED, so we figured we needed a little GREEN in the picture.
Our son, Jonathan, brought the old antique Ford, which brought a lot of attention.
Nathaniel arrived in his mile-high pick-up, which he had just “lifted” . . .
. . . after he washed it, that is . . .
Our nephew, Stephen, arrived in our new/used Ford orchard tractor, which has a compact shape and size, for going in between trees in the orchard.
Our friend, Bill, has quite a collection of the “red” ones . . .
. . .probably about 20 in all.
My favorite is this two-seater model . . .
People who don’t usually get to drive tractors took them for a spin around the pond, with embankments on each side, which could be a little scary, especially with drinks in hand. But the worse that happened was . . .
- one tractor ran out of gas, deep in the dark, while pulling a hayride full of people and then had to call for assistance
- another caught fire because there was a bird’s nest in the engine (luckily Jonathan was on this one, so he knew what to do!)
There was a huge spread of food, lots of good cheer and comraderie, and a magnificent bonfire to warm up around.
As I was driving one of Farmalls, following a parade of red tractors around the winding path by the pond out back of our friend’s garden center, one song kept playing over in my mind: Rodney Atkin’s hit, “Friends with Tractors.” Take a listen:
Friends with tractors are such great friends to have!!!