Sam Hedington drives the wagon during Echoes of the Past’s summer event Friday and Saturday. Photo Provided.
Sam Hedington drives the wagon during Echoes of the Past’s summer event Friday and Saturday. Photo Provided.
The summer heat and humidity didn’t stop the crowds from enjoying the Echoes of the Past Tractor Show, Drive and Pull on Friday and Saturday.

Hundreds of patrons were treated to over 135 vintage and antique restored tractors on display. A vintage thresher, donated by Bill and Becky Thomas, was put into action threshing the wheat the club had bound last month. The straw run through the thresher was then used to hide coins,  donated by Lake City Bank, and golden tokens for the kids to find and trade in for prizes. The prizes were provided by Macallister Machinery, Fort Wayne; TTG Wabash; R.P Home & Harvest, Rochester; and Tractor Supply Co., Warsaw. The corn pit, tube slide, tractor driving experience, rolling tubes and ropemaking were huge hits with all the kids, according to a news release from Echoes of the Past.

The horse-drawn wagon ride, owned by Sam Hedington, was one of the favorite events of the weekend. The draft horse pulling the wagon around the event area was purchased by Hedington just a few weeks prior to the event.

 Tractor pulls kicked into gear Friday evening, beginning with the lower horsepower tractors and ramping up to the higher pulls. Tractors pulled into the night under the lights to the enjoyment of the crowd. The Echoes Club wishes to thank Studebaker Farms for providing and operating the pull sled and equipment, the release states. The club thanks Weed Septic for sponsoring the pull.

The tractor drive on Saturday morning, traveling through the countryside, led by the club tram, lasted approximately two hours. Fifty tractors, John Deere, Farmall, Oliver and Minneapolis Moline and more, were part of the drive with more than 25 patrons riding the tram.  

New to the event this year was the addition of garden tractor pulls. Saturday at 1 p.m., the garden tractors began to line up to begin to pull. Thanks to Brian Wood, 12 people pulled their garden tractors. Many spectators had never seen garden tractors pull before and enjoyed seeing something different, the release states.

Also new this year, The Barrell Scrapers provided live entertainment. Bluegrass and country music playing in the background set the atmosphere for Saturday evening.  

The addition of an announcer for the event helped visitors to the event know when and where all the different activities were happening. Lewis Salvage, Bishop Farms, Diesel Power and Machine, Redpath Fruth Funeral Home and Hartzler Funeral Home provided donations to help sponsor the announcer.

Someplace Else Saloon served up some food on Friday with Wheels on Fire Cancer Crusaders doing the same on Saturday.  

The Echoes of the Past host several events throughout year, all at no charge to the public.  

The club would like to thank the following sponsors who through their contributions to the club make all of our events possible: Beck’s Hybrids, Brubaker Farms, CFS Milford, Clunette Elevator, Cottage Watchman, Craig Welding, Creighton Brothers, Diesel Power & Machine, Fallen Timber Specialist, G & G Hauling & Excavating, Geiger Trenchless Solutions, Hartzell Farm Feed & Supply, Hoffman Body Shop & Graphics, Kerlin Tractors, Kosciusko County Highway Department, Lewis Salvage, Mentone Feed & Grain, Midwest Structural, O & R Buildings, Parker & Sons Equipment, Polk Auction, Ransbottom Excavating, Redpath Fruth Funeral Home, Reichert & Knepp Towing, R J Keirn Trucking, Someplace Else Saloon, Splendor Boats, S & T Supply, Tractor Supply Company and Tucker’s Golden Beef.