Residents at the square were able to get up close and personal with the antique tractors on display, which were brought in from owners around Central Florida, as well as reminisce about their own backgrounds and memories of farm life.
Bob and Pam Hanscome, who spend a few months of the year in the Village of Virginia Trace and the rest of the year in Maine, were admiring the farm equipment at the show.
“I like tractors because I have three of my own,” Bob said.
The couple own a Christmas Tree farm in Maine, and because of his farming experience, he said he could see the work the tractor owners put into keeping the tractors new-looking.
While he enjoyed looking at the different makes and models, ranging from John Deere tractors to Farmall, with a few Fergusons, he did notice one missing brand.
“I’m a Ford man,” he said. “But these are the major manufacturers.”
Pam said she too was enjoying the show.
“I’m interested in it. I think it’s fascinating,” she said. “I don’t know much about tractors, but it’s interesting.”
“It’s a piece of history, what they used back then and what’s available today,” Bob added.
Another show attendee was John Marks of Leesburg.
“I love to come to these tractor displays because I was raised on a farm. It’s good to see them restored,” said Marks, who lives in the Highland Lakes retirement community.
Of all the tractors on display, he connected most with one type.
“We had Fergusons on our farm, so I related to that,” said Marks, who grew up in Ohio.
Bill Olson of the Village of Santo Domingo was perusing the tractors with his wife Linda. Olson comes from Wisconsin, and said he remembers the different types of tractors he grew up learning about.
“I grew up on a farm, and we had John Deeres, Internationals and Allis Chalmers,” Olson said.
He also said the historical aspect was interesting to him. He noticed that many of the models were from the 1950s and 1960s.
“It’s remnants of the past,” Olson said. “Some people have really put a lot of money into refinishing and refurbishing them.”