Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club raises funds for Hospice of Aroostook

Clayton Turner listens to some last-minute instructions before joining the line of tractors taking part in Sunday's Antique Tractor Trek to benefit Hospice of Aroostook. Seventeen tractors and drivers with the northern Maine chapter of the Antique Tractor Club of Maine took part in the event, raising close to $2,000.
Clayton Turner listens to some last-minute instructions before joining the line of tractors taking part in Sunday's Antique Tractor Trek to benefit Hospice of Aroostook. Seventeen tractors and drivers with the northern Maine chapter of the Antique Tractor Club of Maine took part in the event, raising close to $2,000.
Posted Aug. 09, 2011, at 8:26 p.m.
These antique tractors were part of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club memorial Tractor Trek on July 10 in Aroostook County. The trek raised $2,400 for Hospice of Aroostook, based in Houlton.
Courtesy of Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club
These antique tractors were part of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club memorial Tractor Trek on July 10 in Aroostook County. The trek raised $2,400 for Hospice of Aroostook, based in Houlton.
Tractors dating from the '30s to the '60s were driven 32 miles July 10 in Aroostook County by 35 members of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club to raise funds for Hospice of Aroostook.
Courtesy of Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club
Tractors dating from the '30s to the '60s were driven 32 miles July 10 in Aroostook County by 35 members of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club to raise funds for Hospice of Aroostook.

The Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club hosted a Memorial Tractor Trek on July 10 with all proceeds donated to Hospice of Aroostook, based in Houlton.

Hospice of Aroostook has requested that the monies be designated for its Patient and Family Care programs.

NMATC raised $2,400 for Hospice of Aroostook, with member Larry Bull leading the way with $1,500 in pledges.

About 35 club members drove their antique tractors approximately 32 miles, starting and ending at the Edwin Pelletier farm in Frenchville.

The trek included a stop at Martin’s Motel in Madawaska, where the drivers enjoyed a coffee break sponsored and hosted by Hospice of Aroostook volunteers.

During the trek, drivers traveled along several back roads which offered spectacular views

of the rolling hills and farmland of Aroostook County.

The event also included a barbecue hosted at the camp of James Pelletier on Pelletier Island on Long Lake in St. Agatha, with Ben and Sue Deprey of Frenchville doing the cooking and NMATC members providing salads and desserts.

Club members were appreciative of the use of the tent and and picnic tables from Lake View Restaurant in St. Agatha.

For the trek, a Memory Board was mounted on the back of a 1965 Chevy truck driven by club member Paul Boulier of Caribou. For a $25 donation, community members were able to have a name listed on the board in memory of a loved one.

NMATC members taking part in the trek (from Brooks to Fort Kent and New Brunswick, Canada) were Daniel Coulombe, Marcus Theriault, Steve Cyr, Lacey Martin, Rodney and Carroll Sperrey, Leon and David Plaud, Zachery Dow, Dwayne and Lynn Dow, Jean Paul Chamberland, James Pelletier, Larry and Perlin Bull, Jake Gendreau, Kurt “Smiley” Blanchette, Roger Quint, Dennis Quint, Denny Quint, Meredith Folsom, Richard Carter, Cody Ouellette, Andy, Alain and Daniel Dumais, Dale and Lynn Campbell, Chris and Sonia Langille, Bob and Jane Bartlett, Heather Quimby, Dale Henderson, Kenny Hamilton, Sherri Michaud, Jim McCarthy and William Sweetser.

The Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club was founded in 2008 and, today, has a membership of more than 200.

The organization began several years ago as a member of the Maine Antique Tractor Club. By 2008, enough support was available to form a board of directors and elect local officers.

The club is grateful and appreciative for the guidance and support from the MATC and very proud to have grown to the point of being able to form its own, local club.

Since then, the NMATC has been able to build its own “eliminator” to use when it hosts antique tractors pulls in The County.

An “eliminator,” according to Jane Bartlett, “is a progressive drag that the pulling tractor is hooked on to. It has a weight box that slides forward that ‘eliminates’ them (the tractors) as they pull.”

Tractors dating from the ‘30s to the ‘60s were featured in this fourth event and included the brands Farmall, John Deere, Cockshutt, Massey Harris, International Ford and Oliver.

For NMATC members and those who supported their efforts, the Memorial Tractor Trek was a special day of remembrance which also offered them an opportunity to support a local nonprofit program.

The NMATC Memorial Tractor Trek Memory Board will be on display at the Agricultural Museum during the Northern Maine Fair through Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Northern Maine Fair Grounds in Presque Isle.

For more information about NMATC, visit www.nmatc.org.

 

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