Annual tractor parade was fun for marchers, spectators

By David Broyles

May 18, 2014

Four-year-old Charlotte Tucker steers for the inside lane as 5-year-old partner Rhett Currin looks ahead. The two were among a large crowd of children taking to the streets on vehicles of their own to cap off the annual Mount Airy Tractor parade Friday.

Members of the Surry Saddles 4-H Club proudly march with their banner in the Tractor Parade down Main Street Friday. The event serves as the kickoff to Mount Airy’s annual Mayberry Farm Fest. North Carolina Extension Agent Whitney Sprinkle was the grand marshal for the parade this year. One “bovine billboard” hoofed it down Main Street with the sign “Farmers R Eggcellent.”

Tractors take center stage on Main Street Friday as the Mount Airy Downtown Business Association opened Mayberry Farm Fest 2014 with the annual tractor parade. The festival includes pony rides, gem mining and prospecting, mechanical bull rides, blacksmith demonstrations, a watermelon seed spitting contest, live musical and traditional dancing demonstrations, and cake walks. More than 40 tractors signed up to be in the parade.