GAMBIER — Oldtime farming at its best returned once again to Knox County on Saturday. In these days of no-till farming and alternative tilling methods, the old standard of plowing the ground with antique tractors can be a treat. Members of the Kokosing Valley Antique Tractor Club brought back those days Saturday during its annual Spring Plow Days. This is a chance for farmers to get out their antique tractors, hook up their plows and till the ground — the way it used to be done.
This year’s Plow Days took place at the Charles Ingall farm near Gambier on Zion Road which is rented and farmed by club member Dick Burke. “We do this every year just to get together and have a good time. It’s just a social event,” said club president Tom Moore. “This is a good turnout, and it’s a good day for this. It’s not hot and not too dry. The soil is working up really nice,” said Moore, who himself has 12 antique tractors. He said that this is the eighth year the club has been getting together for the Spring Plow Days. Moore plowed his farm every year until he quit farming in the early 1980s.
Most of the plows used on this day were old fashioned 2- or 3-bottom plows. The bigger 4- or 5-bottom plows are reserved for bigger, newer tractors, according to Moore.
Attending the Plow Days on Saturday was Errin Bechtel who was driving a 1960 John Deere 730 tractor. Bechtel said his tractor is rated for a 5-bottom, 14-inch plow, but most of the plows that day were 3-bottom, 16-inch. Bechtel has been in the tractor club for 15 years.
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