Pine Valley holds annual Drive Your Tractor To School Day

Photo by Sue Ann Fish The Pine Valley Central School Future Farmers of America celebrated Drive Your Tractor To School Day on Friday. From left are Maddie Mosher, Future Farmers of America vice president, Katelyn Miller, Future Farmers of America president and Madisyn Hartman, Future Farmers of America treasurer, celebrating the 16th in the chapter’s history.

CHERRY CREEK — The Pine Valley Central School Chapter of the Future Farmers of America held their annual Drive Your Tractor To School Day on Friday.

It was the 16th such event in the school’s history.

Jeff Miller, father of Katelyn Miller, chapter president, tallied the final count of the tractors, which ranged from the very small lawn mower versions to the very large versions designed to make short work of a large field.

“Twenty five tractors and a log skidder,” he announced.

In addition to the tractors, a petting zoo was expected to occupy a featured position on the school’s front lawn. The well-known milk jug tractor and silos would be moved into position as soon as the heavy spring dew and fog lifted.

Three of the four chapter officers were on hand for Friday morning’s celebration.

“Most of the kids in our chapter play sports for our school as well participating in FFA,” said Katelyn Miller, chapter president. “We get recognized for participating in other school activities, but not FFA. This is our day to be recognized.”

“We’re farmers and we’re proud of it,” said Maddie Mosher, chapter vice president. “Most of us have been raised on farms and have spent our whole lives around agriculture. We’ve grown up in 4-H. This is the next logical thing.”

Madisyn Herrman, chapter treasurer, added, “The tractors are pretty cool, but there’s so much more to it than that.” Chapter Secretary Delanie Tunstall was not present for the celebration.

Under the supervision of chapter advisor Isaac Habermehl, the Pine Valley chapter participated in serving the school and their community by doing road cleanups, and the Alfred State Stockmens Contest, where their team was quizzed on topics ranging from the mechanics of farm equipment to agronomy, which is the study of plants.

One tractor was adorned with flags, including a Confederate flag that was not allowed to be unfurled for the morning. Following involvement of the Pine Valley administration, the flag was ordered to be wrapped.