It was a glorious day for a tractor parade in Yadkin County on Saturday. Windsor’s Crossroads Ruritan Club’s annual breakfast and tractor cruise has become a tradition for many in the community.
“We have a beautiful day for it, the weather is perfect,” said Ruritan President Bill Wooten.
The weather was indeed lovely with cooler temperatures to start out the morning as visitors arrived on the grounds of the Windsor’s Crossroads Community Building, which recently was celebrated on its 100th birthday. The club serves up a full country breakfast several times during the year as a fundraiser.
Helping community members in times of need or crisis is part of the club’s mission, as well as keeping the unique 100-year-old building in tip-top shape. A new roof and air conditioning are a few projects the group hopes to work on next. The building is used for Ruritan events throughout the year and can be rented out for special events such as reunions and wedding receptions.
Wooten said he was extremely pleased with Saturday’s event.
“We have a big turnout, probably one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had,” he said.
A Doodlebug, several carts, a tractor that was painted only the night before the event and a tractor dating from 1916 were among those on display on Saturday.
“After people eat breakfast they hang around and socialize and look at the tractors and just have a good time,” Wooten said.
Several vendors and other booths were featured at the event as well including barn quilt paintings, the ladies of Starmount’s Class of 1970 selling their cookbooks and a deputy from the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office with a booth offering safety information.
“It is a great day for a tractor cruise,” said Ruritan Club member Rebecca Cranfill. “I think we’ve had the most tractors we’ve had so far.”
Following breakfast, those with tractors at the event took off for a relaxing cruise through the countryside.
“We go a beautiful little 20-mile route the country,” Wooten said.
Attendees at the event watched as the tractors made their way around the building and off on their cruise. Passersby on the street politely pulled to the side as they watched the unique parade go by.
The club’s next event is a BBQ chicken fundraiser scheduled for Sept. 10. The club will have sell Boston butts in October.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.