Burrell Fire Department's annual tractor ride kicks off its 10th year
The Burrell Fire Department's annual tractor ride will mark the start of fall and kick off “Ye Olde Autumn Festival” for its 10th consecutive year on Saturday.
The tractor ride, which attracts about 50 tractors annually, travels 15 miles through Burrell Township, starting and ending at the fire department, located at 108 Cochran's Mill Road, according to organizer Reed Shaeffer.
“Well, it started 10 years ago when me and another gentleman said we ought to get together for a ride and see how things around here look when we drive at a tractor's speed,” Shaeffer said. “It caught on.”
The ride features a mixture of classic and modern tractors, both for work and for show, on parade at 2 p.m.
Many of the tractors will remain on display at the festival on Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Burrell Fire Department, Shaeffer said.
Lori Headley, an organizer of “Ye Olde Autumn Festival,” said the tractor ride has become a highly anticipated way to kick off the fire department's biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the fire department hopes the festival will help raise more money to buy a new pump truck, Headley said.
“Our current pump truck is 20 years old and has failed us a couple of times,” Headley said. “We usually have a really good turnout. Even if the weather is bad, people always seem to come out to support the fire department.”
The festival, which is in its 14th year, attracts more than 300 people each year and features music, food and other vendors.
The tractor ride and festival helps build camaraderie throughout the township, with residents often lining the roadways waiting for the parade, Shaeffer said.
The same sense of friendship exists among the tractor drivers, he added.
“People come back to drive their tractors in the parade again and again so they can see everybody,” Shaeffer said. “It's also a bit of an ego boost to see lawn chairs set up along the parade route.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kittanning News carries latest books by Boarts and Creel
- Armstrong children can visit Santa in a quiet, calm atmosphere
- Armstrong softball team sends off 41 Operation Christmas Child boxes
- Thanksgiving meal offers Ford City students a chance to learn
- Robbery nets stint in prison for Marion Center man
- Kittanning Salvation Army kicks off holiday shoe drive
- Young violinist remains dedicated to his craft, enjoys visits home to Armstrong
- Christmas train is an annual Armstrong holiday tradition
- Stanley’s Bar & Grill in Ford City offers free Thanksgiving dinner
- Ford City water plant project a step closer to fruition
- Armstrong libraries offering adult coloring clubs