By Trish Turner
Three years ago, Kenny Butler and Mike Curl decided that Meade County needed their own small engine tractor show. If you wanted to exhibit at a tractor show, you had to go to Indiana either to Lanesville, or make the three-hour drive to Evansville. These local boys wanted to have a show closer to home.
For the first year, Kenny and Mike called up some friends and, by word of mouth, several tractors showed up at Roberts Family Farm for an impromptu show. Everyone liked that show so much that they decided to make it a yearly event. The second year was an organized event, and the exhibitors and the crowds doubled.
The tractor roundup this year started at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 26 at Roberts Family Farm. It was held in memory of Kenny Butler who passed away in January 2020 of colon cancer. Kenny was a much loved custodian at Flaherty Primary School, and his wife Donna is the cafeteria manager at Ekron Elementary. Donna was on hand this year to help coordinate the event, and to man a booth set up as a tribute to Kenny. Donna handed out literature to promote colorectal cancer screenings. If Kenny had one when he was first feeling ill they might have caught his cancer in time. Donna wants to make more people aware of the necessity of having a colonoscopy, especially if you are age 50 and older.
This year the tractors on display included garden tractors, farm tractors, hit and miss engines, antique trucks, and antique farm implements. Several tools and other items were for sale. It was a great time for attendees and exhibitors alike to swap stories and enjoy each other's company.
The tractor roundup was a great addition to the many events held at Roberts Family Farm. When the farm opened for hayrides and other activities on Saturday the visitors also enjoyed looking at all the tractors and items on display. Later in the afternoon prizes were awarded to some of the exhibitors. For big farm tractors Paul Bush got first place, with Wayne Mouser as runner up. David Vowels won first place in the lawn tractor division, with runner up Donna Butler. The People's Choice award went to David Vowels.
Next year it is hoped that the Tractor Roundup will be an even bigger event with more exhibitors. COVID-19 seemed to put a damper on some exhibitors who might not have been willing to be out amongst the public.
Roberts Family Farm will be open for hayrides to the pumpkin patch, and other activities near the pavilion. Mama Rob's famous bakery will also be open. The farm will be open from 1 p.m. until dark each day of the week through the month of October. They will be following COVID-19 restrictions, so social distancing is required.
During their fall season, Roberts Family Farm is presenting free family movie night on Friday nights, beginning at dark. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and set up before dark. Families are allowed to sit together, but need to space properly apart from other families. The bakery will be open during movie time for any snacks or sweets you would like to purchase to enjoy during the movie! NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO MOVIE ON OCT. 9. The first two movies, Trolls World Tour and Frozen II were well attended. To keep updated on events at Roberts Family Farm please visit their Facebook page.