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Families flock to tractor show


Old-fashioned fun draws crowd to Imlay



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September 26, 2007
IMLAY CITY — When it came to admiring the workhorses of yesterday or the handiwork of quilters, visitors to the 7th Annual Eastern Michigan Antique Tractor and Machinery Show liked to make it a generational outing.

Tom and Judy Cline of Romeo shared the weekend with grandsons—Cody, Austin, Zachary and Travis.

The Clines were exhibiting their International TD35 Crawler and the boys liked taking in the sights and sounds of the pony pulls and sawmill demonstrations.

"I like seeing all the tractors," Austin said.

"You meet a lot of nice people at these kinds of things," Tom said.

He farmed for many years in the Allenton area and although retired, Cline still deals with tractors as a collector and parts dealer.

The 'Crawler' is also retired from regular field work and slated to be restored eventually.

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Youngster shows off prized possession in tractor parade around fairgrounds.
"We used it with the disk when the fields were wet," Tom said.

He discovered the machine in a snowbank while at a Minnesota farm auction.

"They were going to junk it but I convinced them to put it on the sale," he said.

Every Christmas, one of the Cline's Internationals ends up in the front yard, decorated for the holidays. Then the family poses and Judy says, she has the perfect Christmas card.

Vicki Smith, daughter-in-law Suzette and granddaughter Grace, all of Port Huron, checked out the intricate stylings of a 'watercolor' quilt on display.

Vicki said she'd yet to tackle such a difficult pattern but enjoyed quilting. Suzette called herself a future quilter.

"With two little kids, it's hard to find the time," they said.

Organizer Dave Bates said that favorable weather made for a great turnout.

"Everybody was real pleased with the show and they want to do it again next year," he said.

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