A crowd came out for the Boyertown Area Historical Society’s 2nd annual Tractors in the Park with Just Farm Kids featuring 94 tractors on display, a power equipment rodeo, petting zoo and pedal tractor competition.
“Everyone had a great time,” said Luann Zambanini, treasurer of the Boyertown Area Historical Society. “The event is great because it’s a wonderful community event. My favorite part of the event is watching the fun the kids have. A friend told me her grandson said it was the best day. That warmed my heart!”
Held at Boyertown Community Park on Sept. 10, the free community event also included pony rides, a kids’ area, hayrides, face painter, raffle drawing, food, vendors and local organizations including other local historical societies.
Entertainment featured live music by Flex Flyer and performances by Marty’s Flea Circus.
The event was run by Zambanini and Historical Society President Rachael Kehler, owner of The Peppermint Stick Candy Store, an old-fashioned candy store in Boyertown, along with Just Farm Kids.
“Boyertown is a farming community. The tractor show is a way to celebrate our rich farming heritage,” said Kehler. “We wanted to give the opportunity for the community to come out and learn about farming. The tractor show gives our local farmers the opportunity to connect with the community.”
Children had the opportunity to see a variety of tractors, a robot milking machine, and a honey bee observation hive, as well as go on a hay ride and enjoy time with friends and family.
“We love partnering with Just Farm Kids,” said Kehler. “Brett Beitler does an amazing job organizing the tractors. The event is as successful as it is because we have a group of people who have a passion for the community.”
A nonprofit organization, Just Farm Kids is a local tractor club based in Bally. Tractor show events are organized by Brett Beitler and his wife Emily.
“I enjoy antique tractors and new tractors and farming. It was always a life goal of mine to start a tractor club and have shows,” said Beitler. “There’s not a lot of local shows. And I try to make sure that my shows are fun for everyone in the family and make sure there’s a little bit of events and activities for wife, husband and kids.”
What he likes most bout the Tractors in the Park event at the Boyertown Community Park is it is centralized in Gilbertsville. While a tractor show, it’s also turning into a community day.
“I talk to a lot of people that don’t know the first thing about tractors and they come out and ask questions whether it be about farming or tractors and everyone that is involved with Just Farm Kids is more than willing to talk about their tractors,” said Beitler.
Beitler would like to thank everyone that supports not only Just Farm Kids but also him and his wife.
“We couldn’t do it without you,” he said.
Event sponsors for Tractors in the Park included Erb & Henry, Chestnut Knoll, Powerco Inc., Littles, XPO logistics, Great Bear 15 Minute Oil Change, Boyertown Supply Inc., JP Mascaro and Sons, Everything Printing, Conrad’s Bodyshop, Crable Paving and Excavating, AD Moyer, and The Shannon Bruno team at Keller Williams.
The 3rd annual Tractors in the Park is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2023.
Source: Berkshire mont