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.
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