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Scouts learn farm mechanics

Members of the Pike County Old Tractor and Equipment Club helped local Scouts earn their Farm Mechanics Merit Badge recently with a special Plow Days event in Zebulon. The tractor club members and Scouts met Feb. 12 in a field behind Joe Mangham’s house, adjacent to the primary school and track where they learned about tractors, farm implements, how to plow and harrow a field and even how to change the oil in a tractor. 

“Our club, in the past, has hosted an annual Plow Days where we demonstrate old farm equipment in an actual field. This year, we invited the local FFA and Scouts to the event to expand their knowledge of, and hopefully expand their interest in, antique farm equipment,” said Old Tractor and Equipment Club vice president Brian Cardin. “Lunch was served and a good time was had by all.”

Members of the club usually take part in all the festivals and parades held in Pike, including the Concord Country Jubilee, the Williamson Wisteria Festival, the Christmas parade and others. 

“We will be having some additional events in the future to raise money for our scholarship fund. Our plan is to offer two $1,000 scholarships this year to high school seniors who will be entering the agriculture field in college,” said Cardin. 

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