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01/12/2019

Tractor-rific Restorations Presented at 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show

Harrisburg, PA - Ten FFA chapters presented their antique tractor restoration projects at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

This is the third year that the competition has been held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The Tractors must have been manufactured in 1975 or earlier and have an internal combustion engine. For the presentations, each FFA chapter was required to present one live 15-minute presentation on stage in the Exposition Hall on the Lancaster Farming Stage. The presentation needed to include an introduction of the topic, what was learned through the project undertaken, and end with a re­quest for questions from the audience. Students were encouraged to utilize the video that they had previously created regarding the restoration process sporadically throughout their presentation.

The following information includes the FFA chapters who presented their tractor restoration projects at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The Bald Eagle FFA Chapter from Bald Eagle High School, Centre Co. restored a 1959 Massey Ferguson TO 35 Deluxe. Members that presented the restoration project were James McMaster, Caleb Cain, Caleb Bennett, and Joseph Shawley.

The Blue Juniata FFA Chapter from Juniata Valley High School, Huntington Co. restored a 1941 John Deere H. Members that presented the restoration project were Devin Deihl, Tucker Taylor, Elliott Showalter, and Trapper Harris.

The Central Mountain FFA Chapter from Central Mountain High School, Clinton Co. restored a 1956 John Deere 420. Members that presented the restoration project were Kyle Hollobaugh, Carter Simcox, Evan Baker, and Michaela Burky.

The Chambersburg FFA Chapter from Chambersburg Area Sr. High School, Franklin Co. restored a 1962 Massey Ferguson 65. Members that presented the restoration project were Liz Holtry, Cain Giles, Tom Miller, and Parker Barnes.

The Clarion-Limestone FFA Chapter from Clarion High School, Clarion Co. restored a 1948 Ford 9N. Members that presented the restoration project were Cameron Girt, Blaine Burkett, Austin Newcomb, and Travis Preston.

The Dover FFA Chapter from Dover High School, York Co. restored a 1952 Farmall Super C. Members that presented the restoration project were Kenny Laird and John Filipelli.

The Garden Spot FFA Chapter from Lampeter-Strasburg High School, Lancaster Co. restored a 1940 Styled John Deere B. Members that presented the restoration project were Bryce Johnson, Jared Risser, Owen Risser, Ethan Sauder, and Jordan Martin.

The Honesdale FFA Chapter from Honesdale High School, Wayne Co. restored a 1952 Farmall Super C. Members that presented the restoration project were Leah Neu and Dylan Card.

The Littlestown FFA Chapter from Littlestown High School, Adams Co. restored a 1949 Massey Harris Pony. The individual member that presented the restoration project was Jason Penton.

The Manheim FFA Chapter from Manheim Central High School, Lancaster Co. restored a 1947 Massey Harris Pony. Members that presented the restoration project were Justin Nissley, Matt Ill, Josiah Heisey, Kyle Weaver, Jacob Hess, Jacob Snavely, and Landon Stoner.

All chapter participant groups were awarded an $800 following the presentations. Six special awards were also presented to individual FFA chapters which included Best of Show – Group, Best of Show – Individual, Best Video, Most Improved, Best Presentation, and Best Record Book. Each group or individual listed below along with receiving their award, were presented with an additional $250. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Fred Strathmeyer Jr. and Lancaster Farming Editor Steve Seeber presented the awards to the chapters.

Best of Show - Group was awarded to the Manheim FFA Chapter in Lancaster Co.

Best of Show - Individual was awarded to Jason Penton from the Littlestown FFA Chapter in Adams Co.

Best Video was awarded to Chambersburg FFA Chapter in Franklin Co.

Most Improved was awarded to Garden Spot FFA Chapter in Lancaster Co.

Best Presentation was awarded to Manheim FFA Chapter in Lancaster Co.

Best Record Book was awarded to Garden Spot FFA Chapter in Lancaster Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our capital city every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 12,000 competitive exhibits, including more than 5,200 animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational, entertaining events. Visitors get a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $135.7 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.

The 2019 show runs January 5-12 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, January 6, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, January 12, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

For more information about the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit farmshow.pa.gov.

Editor’s Note: Clarion-Limestone FFA Chapter took a neat spin on the Ten Commandments and created their own Ten Commandments to follow in Tractor Restoration.

  1. Keep parts organized. Especially bolts!

  2. Keep bare metal protected and dry

  3. Be Extremely Thorough.

  4. Double check the torque specs.

  5. Sand must be CLEAN.

  6. Paint shows all imperfections.

  7. Beware of overspray!

  8. Mix pain at once.

  9. Check body panel fitment before painting.

  10. Store in a safe place.

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