Tractor enthusiasts from around the state and beyond gathered over the weekend for the fifth annual Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville. Hosts of the event, the Neal family, said they think it is the largest tractor show on the east coast and continuing to grow.
“My husband wanted to do it to give back to the community,” said Gina Neal. “He’s always loved doing tractor shows and tractor pulls and wanted to do one here.”
A multitude of tractors were on display at the event and participants got a chance to show what their machines could do in a variety of activities from tractor pulls to parades and more.
The event also serves as a fundraiser. The first year of the event, Glory Days served as a fundraiser for ALS and has raised funds for Mountain Valley Hospice for the last four years.
“The funds are going towards the completion of the SECU Hospice Home of Yadkin. We have nearly finished our fundraising now. Glory Days has been partnering with us for several years and we just appreciate all the help and the community support,” said Brett Willis, director of development at Mountain Valley Hospice.
Hospice also was doing special recognition of veterans at the event.
Food and craft vendors were on hand as well as plenty of kid-friendly activities. Chapter 42 of International Harvester was also a special part of the event.
Neal said they expected at least 1,000 attendees during the two-day event.
“If the weather holds up we usually have that or more,” she said. “We had around 1,200 a few years ago. We just keep growing every year.”
Participants come from across the state as well as South Carolina, Tennessee and elsewhere.
The local support is also very important for the Neals.
“The community has really been awesome. They have really pitched in to help,” she said.
Glory Days is a close-knit group for those who have participated for a number of years, like Rose Wooley.
“I love it. We first came two or three years ago when we first moved to North Carolina. We came to the show and fell in love with the people and what’s going on here. Then my husband bought a tractor, and another tractor,” Wooley said with a laugh. “It’s like family. It just brings people together and it’s a good thing. I just really enjoy the people and the camaraderie.”
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