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Oakland Co. plow day attracts vintage tractor enthusiasts

More than 70 plowers, friends and community members, ages 4 to 90, attended Oakland County’s 2024 Antique Tractor Plow Day to share their interest in farming.
Date Posted: May 28, 2024

The Mitchell Sesquicentennial Farm in Holly hosted Oakland County Farm Bureau’s annual Antique Tractor Plow Day May 18. Even an inch and a half of rain the night before didn’t dampen the spirits of 15 antique tractor collectors who plowed up the wet ground with their John Deeres, Farmalls and Minneapolis Molines.

The tractors made their owners proud getting the job done. The weather cooperated for the day with sun and warm temps adding to the enjoyment on the farm.

More than 70 plowers, friends and community members attended, with several families including three generations (ages 4 to 90!) to share their interest in farming. 

For some the sight of preparing the ground for planting was a new experience. It was especially fun to see families sharing with the younger generation, reminiscing about how it used to be done. Hopefully they’ll watch as the fields they pass turn green with spring seedlings and grow into mature corn and bean stands, ready for harvest in the fall.

Many participated in Oakland County Farm Bureau’s Wheel of Ag game, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” Questions and answers about farms, farmers, farm equipment and farm products spurred real conversations about agriculture — and common misinformation about it. Every participant left with a farm-themed memento to remind them of their day on the farm. 

Some guests tried their hand at milking Buttercup, Oakland County Farm Bureau’s milking “cow” and learned about a variety of flowering plants to beautify their yards from Mitchell’s greenhouse staff.

Pulled-pork sandwiches and sides were provided, and for dessert was strawberry ice cream made using a single-cycle engine ice-cream maker. Andy’s Food Truck from Holly was on location for visitors to purchase beverages and burgers.

Oakland County Farm Bureau also accepted donations on behalf of the Holly Police Department Community Pantry.

Hosts Glen and Candy Mitchell earned everyone’s gratitude for hosting this year’s plow day. Both are long-time supporters and promoters of Oakland County agriculture and Farm Bureau.

LaRea Kremhelmer chairs Oakland County Farm Bureau’s Promotion & Education program.


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Hannah Meyers

Southeast Regional Manager
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