Veterans honored at Glory Days tractor show

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com
Antique tractors in a rainbow of colors at the seventh annual Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville. - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple
Veterans are honored at a special ceremony during the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show. - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple
Marine Corps veteran Michael Avery plays “Taps” on the bagpipes during a ceremony honoring veterans during the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville. - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple
Farmall tractors on display at the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville. - - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Veterans were given a special spotlight during the annual Glory Days tractor show in Yadkinville. The show, which takes place at a family farm on Radiator Road, is in its seventh year.

“Honoring the veterans means a lot to me,” said event founder Charles Neal.

The Yadkin County Honor Guard, comprised of area veterans, presented the flag and gave a 21-gun salute. Each veteran present was given the opportunity to share a little about themselves.

Marine Corps veteran Michael Avery called the event “super.” Avery played “Taps” on the bagpipes for the ceremony honoring veterans.

Avery said this is his second year taking part in the Glory Days Tractor Show and has seen it grow in that time. He noted how impressed he was with the event and that all proceeds are donated to local charities.

Neal said this year’s event proceeds will benefit the local VFW post as well as youth camp Yadkin Impact.

Despite the wet weather prior to the event that prevented the track from being usable for the tractor and lawnmower pull events, Neal said it was still a good turnout.

“Had we had the tractor pull and lawnmower pull, there would have been a tremendous amount of people here, but we’re thankful for what we’ve got,” he said.

There were around 125 tractors at this year’s show.

Neal said the event has been slowly growing and next year he hopes to see even more folks come out to see the antique tractors, enjoy the food from vendors and especially to take part in the veteran recognition.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

Antique tractors in a rainbow of colors at the seventh annual Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_glory-days_1.jpgAntique tractors in a rainbow of colors at the seventh annual Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Veterans are honored at a special ceremony during the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_glory-days_2.jpgVeterans are honored at a special ceremony during the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Marine Corps veteran Michael Avery plays “Taps” on the bagpipes during a ceremony honoring veterans during the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_glory-days_3.jpgMarine Corps veteran Michael Avery plays “Taps” on the bagpipes during a ceremony honoring veterans during the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Farmall tractors on display at the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_glory-days_4.jpgFarmall tractors on display at the 2018 Glory Days Tractor Show in Yadkinville. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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