Castorland Celebrates Tractors During ParadePosted: Updated: Jul 04, 2018 02:45 PM
Every Fourth of July around noontime, you'll find dozens of tractors lined up in the village of Castorland, ready to cruise down Route 410 and celebrate the holiday.
"It's good to know that we're just hometown people and farmers at heart," event organizer Clifford Lehman said.
Dozens of community members participate and bring a variety of tractors -- all different makes, models and sizes -- both big and small.
Organizers say the event has grown since last year. They've got 10 more tractors compared to years past."
"We started out seven years ago with three tractors," Lehman said, "and now we're going to be at 50 or a little more."
Mark Birchenough is one of the drivers that's taken part in every parade. In fact, one of his tractors was the first one driven in the inaugural parade.
"It's a 1957 Farmall, they were only in production for three years," he said, "'56, '57, '58, so this is, like, one of 6,000 of the year that I've got."
Both Birchenough and Lehman say they hope the parade will continue to grow, so that anyone willing to drive a tractor can keep riding through the village on the Fourth.