Organized at the counter of Spear's Corner Store-the hub of the East Charlotte community-the East Charlotte Tractor Parade celebrated its tenth year of antique and modern tractors rumbling down Spear Street to Baptist Corners ending with a town party. This year the 10th anniversary happened to fall on 10/10/10-Oct. 10, 2010.
The East Charlotte Tractor Parade celebrations began Friday evening with a barn dance at the Old Lantern, continued with Spear's Corner Store activities on Saturday, and wraped up with the Tractor Parade and town party on Sunday.
A tractor display presented by Harv Sharrow featured his restored 1918 Model 1020 International Titan tractor previously owned by the Rotax family. It was presented by Spear's Corner Store.
Local music featuried the Bulls Eye Barbershop Quartet, the Unpredictables, the Mayfly Girls and the Silver Leviathan Band. In addition to the parade, festivities included a farmer's market, craft fair, food vendors, face painting, animals, children's games and pony rides presented by Spear's Corner Store
The East Charlotte Tractor Parade began in 2001 with 30 tractors and now in its 10th year expects over 150 tractors. Proceeds from the barn dance and vending throughout the weekend benefit the East Charlotte Grange.
The parade started as a way for the community to gather with neighbors after the harvest and to show appreciation to the many farm families in the area for their hard work and perseverance in keeping the East Charlotte and beyond farming community alive.
Tractor Parade photos courtesy of courtesy of Jon Davis.