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Parading Shriners Ride Antique Tractors
Anyone who's ever gone to a small town parade has probably seen contingents of Shriners riding on motorcycles, ATV's or even kiddie cars. A group of Illinois Shriners say they discovered their best mode of transportation ever last summer when they hit the parade circuit on a collection of antique tractors.
Bill McCristy and Chris Phelps, who belong to the Springfield Ansar Shriners, got the idea and starting talking it up. They discovered that fellow members already owned a number of vintage ma-chines and everyone liked the idea of showing them off.
Last summer the group participated in 13 parades starting with 9 tractors at the beginning and ending the summer with 18 tractors in the unit. Tractors included are two Farmall H's, a Super 77 Oliver, an Oliver 70, a Ford 8M, a WC Allis Chalmers, Minneapolis Moline 605, and Deere B, 520, H, G, 605, and L tractors.
McCristy says crowds love seeing the tractors in action. Before and after the actual parade event, they gather around for a closer look.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill McCristy, Stonington, Ill. 62567 (ph 217 692-2157).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #6