It’s such a tradition, Kelli Gerber says, that many children look forward to signing up all year and hope to walk away with a trophy.
“There’s kids that literally practice this tractor pull all year long,” Gerber said.
Including Butler County’s own Fair King, who can remember the tough competition he faced racing as a four-year-old.
“I was really bad at it. One year I actually trained for it, then I lost again. But it’s pretty fun,” Dalton Norris said.
Gerber and her friends from 4-H competed every year, starting on the same exact pavement she stands on today at 23 years old. Now, she’s grateful for the chance to compete in Farm Bureau’s games and learn more about agriculture at a young age, as it sparked her passion for farming.
For the Bureau, Fun Day is a chance to encourage families to learn where their food comes from and attempt to stop the industry from shrinking. Gillespie and Gerber hope to inspire young, expert tractor drivers like Boyd to get involved in what keeps the world fed.
“It starts at a young age and I think it’s great that kids see that everything is grown, it’s not just coming from the grocery store,” Gillespie said.
Though he’s not quite old enough to drive a tractor on his own, Boyd wants to be a farmer when he grows up. He’s spent early mornings at his family’s farm picking corn and autumn days on hay rides.
“I already know all of (farming) and it will be a lot easier for me,” Boyd said. “I like it. I’m a farm kid.”