The Izard County Antique Tractor Club was organized for the purpose of collecting, restoring and exhibiting farm equipment from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. The club currently consists of 27 members from Izard, Sharp, Stone and Lawrence Counties, many who have farmed in the past with equipment from the era they now collect. Members attend parades and festivals in all four counties by invitation of Chambers of Commerce or other local officials. The club also participates in tractor demonstrations and other farm or rural-life oriented programs.
Fundraising is done for the purpose of donating profits to local food banks or other charities within the four-county area. Annually, the club purchases an old-model tractor for the purpose of restoring it to like-new condition. Volunteers work as a team until the tractor or implement is ready, and the item to be raffled is displayed at local fairs, festivals and other community events where tickets are sold. Each December, a winner is picked from the total tickets sold and the dollar proceeds are donated.
Congratulations to the 2012 winner, Ronda Hall of Calico Rock, who purchased a single ticket for $1 and was the lucky winner of the McCormick Farmall Cub, which was this year’s club project. The club welcomes new members who are interested in restoring old tractors or farm equipment. For more information, call Bob Love at 870-373-4226.