STOCKTON – A group in Chautauqua County is not only preserving, but showing off a part of agricultural history.
The Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association met last weekend as part of their annual Plow Day event.
Members from the association brought their equipment and got to work, tending to fields in Stockton.
“It’s wonderful family entertainment and we also classify ourselves as educational,” said John Ryder, a member of the association for over twenty years.
The event was postponed due to poor weather conditions the week prior, but despite the delay, the turn out was exceptional.
“We asked our members to come out, bring one of their antique tractors and plows, and this year so far we have seven tractors,” said Jennifer Mikula, the association’s secretary.
Among the main pillars of the event is to educate the next generation about antique equipment.
“We want to make sure people understand the importance of agriculture in Chautauqua County,” Ryder continued, “We love to include young people, even children.”
The association has around 200 active members currently, and is welcoming more.
“We have somewhere around 200 memberships, and that includes family memberships. A single membership is only 10 dollars for the year and a family membership is 15 dollars and we’re always accepting new members,” said Mikula.
The club has been established for over 40 years, and members such as Ryder hope to see the association continue to grow.