Antique tractors are back in Henderson

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The City of Henderson was a little more noisy Friday, as East Texans spent time looking at antique tractors and engines.
 
“Having some of these old-timers, elders come around to talk to us and tell us, ya know, oh my great-grandfather use to have something like this,” said tractor restorer, Cort Morris. 
 
Morris and his restoration partner, Jackson Howard, restored a tractor for a high school project.  The cost was $7500 to restore it.
 
“It was definitely worth it,” said Howard. “Ya know, all the experience and time and skills that I learned throughout the entire process, I will carry through my entire life.”
 
While some East Texans enjoyed the antique tractors, others were fascinated by the engines.
 
“I’d encourage families to bring their young kids out here to show them what the history of farming was 30, 40 years, even older…and the machinery they used to produce crops for food and fiber,” said tractor enthusiast, Kenneth Aggen.
 
The event was a chance for the old to share their wisdom with the youth.
 
“…because all of us old-timers are going away and the younger ones are interested in this stuff, it’s a good thing to get in to,” said tractor enthusiast, Gary Arneson.
 
“Just to tell us stories about things they had done, that’s just the joy and beauty of it,” said Morris.  “To be able to pass this down when we get to their age”
 
You can catch the show Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 pm. or Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family.  Children under 12 are free.  
 
The show will be at The Rusk County Youth Expo Center located at 3303 FM 13, Henderson, TX 75654.
 
For more information, contact Reynolds at 903-889-2671.

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