Young farmers play in the heat

VERGENNES, IL (KFVS) - It was another hot day out there Sunday, but not hot enough to stall a tractor pull in Southern Illinois.

The tractors were revved up and ready to go, as each farmer tried to out pull the weighted down sled the farthest down the track. That's what some farmers do with their tractors once the fields are planted, even in the heat.

"We're still working no matter what. Most of us in this sport have gotten used to the heat because it's a Summertime event,"said Austin Lovelady of Tamaroa, Illinois.

"And naturally we're outdoors, so the heat kind of goes along with it."

Farmers from across the Heartland gathered in Vergennes for the 55th Annual Jackson County Young Farmers Antique Tractor Pull.

Some of the old horses still work the fields while others are built for events like this.

The farmers say they work in the heat in the fields so they might as well play in the heat on their tractors.

It's pretty hot here, but we've got nothing else to do right now," said Terry Johnson of Sikeston, Missouri.

"This about our 5th time at the pull and we enjoy it. When there's nothing else to do and it's hot like this you got to do something."

"I was more than grateful to participate with them on a hot day, and have a lot of fun doing it," said Austin Lovelady of Tamaroa. "It's a great organization. And I really like to see what they're doing."

The heat didn't keep fans away either. They just took in all the action underneath some of the portable shelters set up alongside the track.

While the future farmer boys and girls did their best to stretch the log chains out as far as they could during the peddle-tractor pull event.

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