Pine Valley celebrates annual Tractor Day

SOUTH DAYTON – Traffic on Route 83 was moving at a slower pace than usual thanks to some student drivers. For the 11th year, students at Pine Valley High School drove farm and lawn tractors to school for Tractor Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Future Farmers of America and 23 tractors were brought to be displayed in front of the school. Three tractors, along with their student drivers, unfortunately did not make it to school due to complications on the route. Tractors this year had to be parked in the front parking lot instead of the front lawn due to construction.

According to FFA President Andrew Miller, the number of tractors decreased from last year even though Friday had better weather than in 2013. Missing from the event this year were three FFA softball players playing in softball playoffs.

Watching over the tractors while the students were in class was a giant cow. This is the sixth year FFA students have made a sculpture out of hay; last year not enough hay was acquired for a sculpture. Miller’s sister and fellow classmate, Katelyn decided what the hay sculpture should be. According to Miller, it took the students about 30 minutes to construct the cow complete with spray painted spots.

“We wanted to do something different,” Miller said.

Students and faculty also received awards on Friday as part of the annual tradition. Students were judged on several categories such as newest or biggest tractor. The winners were: Newest, Jon Mosher; Oldest, Nick Gage; Biggest, Justin Dye; Smallest, Jarred Heitzenrater; Best Mower, Trent Mihalko; Most Problems Getting to School, Adolf Zollinger; Dirtiest, Jeremy Thuman; Worst Paint, Derrick Becker; Best Decorated, Dustin Sheldon; Most Creative Tractor, Joshua Duck; Best Dressed Male, Jeremy Kerr; Best Dressed Female, Shelby Rowicki; and Best Dressed Teacher, Isaac Habermehl, FFA adviser.

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