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Making New Friends with Old Tractors

Nearly 600 people from West Michigan flocked to Zutphen Christian Reformed Church’s free second annual classic tractor and car show and pig roast at the end of August.

The restored farm tractors drew Jay Wyllys and his son Domenic, 7, to the rural Hudsonville church. “I made it a point to take the day off to spend time with my son,” Wyllys said, while the two admired a 1948 Farmall Cub.

Five tractors belonged to church members, and a dozen to community folks. A 1929 Hart Parr attracted Jason Cassini from Battle Creek, while Ron Beery from Hudsonville liked a 1957 Farmall 350. “I inherited my love of farming from my parents and grandparents, who made a living at it,” Beery said.

Nelson Capestany from Caledonia commented, “We have so many family farms disappearing, I think it’s good that people preserve these things.”

Zutphen member Maribeth Elgersma said the event raised awareness of the church. “A lot of community people asked questions. We have names to follow up.”

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