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'Tractor Tracks' will display antique machines during Frazee's Turkey Days

"Plowing new ground" is something Frazee Turkey Days officials have done every so often. This year is no different.

While the festival runs Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, the first exhibition of antique and restored tractors will be offered the last day as an addition to the regular slate of Turkey Days activities.

From 9 a.m. until noon Sunday, a collection of old tractors - agriculture's workhorses from more than a half-century ago -- will be on display at the Swift Redevelopment Site on Main Avenue East near the Otter Tail River.

Persons who want to display a machine, or even more than one, can contact John Dermody at 218-849-7441. There is no charge for exhibiting tractors nor is there any admission fee.

Although the kickoff event will be modest, the long-range plan is to host a large exposition in 2013. So far, John Deere and Farmall models lead the way, but it is expected that Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis Moline, Ford, Oliver and others will be on hand this year, as well.

Whether shiny from extensive renovation efforts or only partially restored, the symbols of ag progress over past decades are sure to make onlookers smile. Many would have pulled small plows or towed bundle wagons to chugging threshing machines in the 40s and 50s.

Some examples lined up for the initial "Tractor Tracks" were purchased new more than 50 years ago. One beautifully restored example dates from the 1930s. Some are still cultivating garden plots or doing other tasks on farmsteads.

The grassy Swift site is adjacent to the east end of the business district and slopes toward South River Drive, which parallels the Otter Tail River and intersects with Main Avenue. Persons bringing tractors to Frazee's "Tractor Tracks" are asked to enter at a well-marked area on South River Drive, which is often referred to as "the river road."

Turkey Days Co-Chair Aleisa Jopp pointed out that tractor owners who wish to take part in the annual parade will be invited to join other units and show their prize possessions to visitors lining Main Avenue during the 2 p.m. event.