Hear the distinct rumble of antique farm equipment coming to life for a day of tractors, tractors, and more tractors! Billings Farm & Museum’s 22nd Annual Antique Tractor Day on Sunday, August 7, 10AM – 5PM, will feature Tractor Parades and a Slow Race, along with tractor-drawn wagon rides, crafts, lawn games, food, and more!
The tractors on display predate 1980, including models dating back to 1935. Visitors can meet the tractor exhibitors and ask about their tractor’s story. In Tractor Parades at 12PM & 4PM, an announcer will regale the crowd with fun facts about each tractor’s history, make, and model. As exhibitors shift into the lowest gear, guests can cheer for who will be declared the slowest machine in the “Slow Race” at 2PM.
There will be fun for the whole family with tractor-drawn wagon rides through the farm fields from 11AM – 3PM and a chance to take a photo with a tractor. Children can ride pedal tractors through an obstacle course, make a wooden tractor to take home, or enjoy stories about…you guessed it, tractors!
Guests can curb their appetite with traditional American BBQ from The Wicked Awesome BBQ Food Truck from 11AM-4PM. What better complement to a hearty meal than a cool, Vermont-made ice cream from the Farmhouse Café, open 11AM – 5PM. Also available for purchase is the pure delight of fresh spun cotton candy. There will be samples of Billings Farm Butter, Smoked, and Woodstock Reserve Cheddar Cheeses, with all styles available at the Museum Gift Shop.
The newly expanded Billings Farmstead Gardens will be open for visitors to take a stroll or enjoy the peaceful view. Guests can explore the living floral labyrinth of the Sunflower House. The iconic flowers begin opening in early August, and the colorful palette, ranging from oranges and reds to golden yellows, is a magical sight to behold. The sunflower, known as the Ukrainian national flower, signifies happiness, optimism, and peace. During the month of August, Billings Farm & Museum will show support for the people of Ukraine by donating 100% in round up contributions from all sales to the World Central Kitchen for their work to help feed Ukrainians who have fled their homes.
The Billings Farm Volunteer Program is a way to make meaningful connections with the Billings community. Volunteers make new friends, share their enthusiasm for farming, rural life, gardening, and history, and learn new skills. On Antique Tractor Day, there are a number of positions and time slots available. Volunteers will greet guests, give out Billings Farm Cheese samples, assist with crafts and more. To get involved, please visit billingsfarm.org/volunteer/.