FLEMINGSBURG — Fleming County felt the low rumble of farm vehicles in recognition of agricultural pride at its annual Tractor Parade.
The event was held in downtown Flemingsburg Friday afternoon, with more than 100 tractors and other farming vehicles making their rounds through the community. According to Wayne Grannis, one of the participants in the parade, the event itself is to recognize farming couture, which is prevalent in the area.
“Its part of FFA Week and Ag Education Week in general here in Fleming County” Grannis said. “We’re probably going to have somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 tractors, RTVs, ATVs agricultural-type vehicles in our parade. It’s just something that the community does to come out and support our local FFA Chapter and ag education in our community.”
Over the years, the event has grown significantly from its humble beginnings, even garnering state attention.
“We’ve had local politicians, we’ve had state level and even national level politicians come and participate before and just trying to be involved,” Grannis said. “It’s a good thing for our community, agriculture is such a vital part of the community and it just shows our support for that.”
Congressman Andy Barr, on hand Friday, said he has attended and even participated in the event before he was elected into office, and believes it really encapsulates the effect agriculture has in the community and communities like Fleming County.
“It’s a great day for the community to showcase its agricultural heritage, and it’s a lot of fun,” Barr said. “It’s an opportunity to come over here and reconnect with a lot of friends.”
One who is deeply ingrained with the agricultural heritage in Fleming County is parade grand marshal Bud Hinton, part owner of Hinton Mills, a major supplier of farm equipment in the community. To him, the tractor parade shows just how important agriculture is, to not only places like Fleming County, but to the world.
“This is a symbol of how important agriculture is to Fleming County, but if you look around, the whole world wants to eat,” Hinton said.
Even with the waning number of farmers producing products for society, Hinton said that means the job of a farmer is that much more needed and should be respected. Participants for the parade also felt the same, having posters containing various statistics emphasizing Kentucky farmers’ impact on society.
“As time goes on, fewer and fewer people have lived on a farm and had a direct input as far as producing food,” Hinton said, “but more and more are dependent on American farmers to be efficient and to continue to increase their yields.”
On top of boasting agricultural pride in Fleming County, residents also count it towards a simple day of fun and camaraderie.
“My son, Jordan, he has special needs,” Grannis said, “but other than Christmas day, this is his favorite day of the year. He looks forward to the parade pretty much all year long; he’ll talk about it in the spring, he’ll talk about it in the summertime and at school they’ve been marking it off on the calendar, counting down the days until the tractor parade. We enjoy it mostly because he enjoys it so much.”