than 300 families are part
of local antique tractor club
share the fun
and memories with each other
OSGOOD, Ind. (June 2011) Jim Leap has always had
an affinity for tractors. He came from a farming background, so they
have always been a part of his life. His association with the Dearborn
County F.A.R.M. Club helps him to connect with others who share this
Farming and Antique Related
Machinery (FARM) Club was founded
by Chuck Heck and his family
in the mid-1990s.
The Farming and Antique Related Machinery club was founded
by Chuck Heck and his family in the mid 1990s. The club brings together
tractor enthusiasts for camaraderie and fellowship. According to Heck,
it encompasses members from eight counties. The club started having
showings at local parades, moving then to the Aurora Moose
Lodge. Later, as the club grew, it moved to Perfect North in Lawrenceburg,
In 2007, the club membership was up to more than 200 families. Since
they had outgrown their area at Perfect North, they now needed another
place to hold meetings and shows. That place became the current location
the Ripley County Fairgrounds. The shows, according to Heck,
allow members and the public to bring the family and share the
memories. The club membership now boasts more than 300 families.
Leap joined the group around 2003. He was born into a farming family
who used Allis Chalmers equipment. He continued the family business
until his retirement 25 years ago.
Retired from farming, but not tractors, he pointed out.
He owns eight tractors. They include seven Internationals and one Allis
Chalmers. His love of Internationals came when he switched equipment
types during his time as a farmer.
In Leaps spare time, he naturally works on his tractors, as well
as makes and sells crafts. His favorite part of participating with the
club is the sharing of stories, which according to Heck, is a favorite
of many. Heck explains, It links them somehow to their past
the older days of farming. People are collecting equipment that they
grew up with, passed on from their parents and/or grandparents.
Leaps advice to people who want to get into collecting tractors
and showing them is to do their research. They need to do their
checking before starting on one, he said. Leap confided that his
passion is so great that he has a formal show room that has an 8x12-inch
farming mural painted on it.
It has 75 tractors in the scene, he said, proudly. According
to Leap, anyone who shows an interest may ask to tour. He has had hundreds
through from many states. Even a couple from Switzerland,
One of his favorite projects that he had worked on was the creation
of a pink Cub International tractor, in honor of his mother and wife
who had previously died from cancer. He said his tractor friends gave
him a bit of a hard time about the tractor, declaring that International
did not make pink paint.
Im here to tell you they they do, he said, laughing.
You take one quart of International white and one quart of International
F.A.R.M. meetings are the first Monday of the
month at 7 p.m. usually at the Town Hall in Osgood, located 147 W. Ripley
St. For more information, visit: www.farmclubonline.com.
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