Largest Farming Tractors Parade-world record
set by Stirling residents
STIRLING, Ontario, Canada -- A three-hour tractor
parade, which was held as part of Stirling's
150th anniversary celebrations, officially had 601
tractors participating, setting the world record for the Largest
Farming Tractors Parade.
"We actually had 602 tractors in the
staging area, but one had a flat tire and couldn't take part.
When you make the effort to get your tractor there and take
part in what was obviously a big event, it was heartbreaking
for the driver" -said organizer Darren Heasman.
"What's really different about our parade is that
it was only open to farming tractors -- not lawn tractors,"
he said. Heasman said it's "too soon" to think about an encore
performance in the coming years. "Right now, at this point,
I'd call it a one-time show."
"I've been watching some of the video footage
and they just keep coming," said Heasman, comparing the venture
to the last scene of the movie 'Field of Dreams' in which
a long line of cars is pictured making a pilgrimage to a baseball
was just like the movie, only instead of cars coming and coming,
it was only tractors."
Robert Dobson, 66, was the Grand
Marshall at the Stirling
150th Anniversary, World's Greatest Tractor Parade,
in Stirling, Ont. He led the procession of 601 tractors, a
world record-setting parade, around the town of 2,000.
On the front of his refurbished D21 Allis
Chalmers tractor, Dobson had the parade banner, stenciled
with his name. He was selected ambassador to lead the parade
with the message: triumphing in the face of adversity. "I
was overwhelmed when they told me, and it was fantastic,"
said Dobson. "All I wanted to be was one person and one tractor
in the group."
gallery from Stirling Tractor Parade 2008
area cultivated-world record set by Challenger tractor
farm tractor wheelie-world record set by Mike Hagan
number of crawler tractors -world record set by Otago Club
wheat paddock-the Coggan family sets world record
tractors in a parade-world record set by Marion residents
Saturday, August 30, 2008