20 years of Turin Farm Show, Tractor Pull
by Bradley Hartsell
Saturday marked a milestone in the Turin Antique Farm Power Show and Tractor Pull: the 20-year anniversary of the ever-growing parade.
With more than 85 participants Saturday, according to event emcee Jim McKnight, the Turin tractor parade boasted its largest event yet. Last year, the event was held amid rain showers, so the crowd was smaller. This year, however, the weather was warm and sunny, which brought hordes of people from out of town to enjoy the event.
“It went really well,” said McKnight. “With the weather being cooler and sunny, more people came out and it seems like they had a good time.”
“The city of Turin and the Turin tractor club try to come together and put on something fun for the people here,” he added.
The parade is known for having long-time attendees, as well as for attracting newcomers. Steve Royer and his family have attended nine years in a row after moving to Newnan from Texas. They spread the good word about the Turin tractor parade and, this year, brought neighbor Jon Adcock with them.
“We love tractors and it’s a great family event. And we see everybody here – people from work, church, everywhere,” said Royer, who was there with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons, Weston and Hampton.
“My neighbors (the Royers) talked about the Turin tractor parade,” said Adcock. “I’ve lived in Newnan my whole life, but never came here once. The Royers were telling me how fun it was, so I came out. I grew up on a farm, driving tractors when I was these kids’ age (Weston and Hampton), so I’ve always liked them and today was fun.”
“It reminds you of that small, home-town feel, and we don’t get much of that anymore,” said Leann Feltman. “I feel like we stepped back in time, in a good way.”
“It’s one of those best-kept-secret kind of things,” added Royer, whose family prefers a particular brand of tractor. “We’ve always been a John Deere family.”
Just like the crowd, the parade tractor “pullers” range from men who’ve been driving for all 20 years to people like Brad Binion, who’s been attending the event for years but decided to “pull” with his Ford 8N tractor for the first time Saturday.
“We usually come out as spectators, but this year, we actually pulled,” Binion said, who was there with his wife, Lori, and their five kids. “It was a lot of fun pulling for the first time, and it was a really good crowd, too.”
In honor of the 20th anniversary, parade founder Bill Banks was the grand marshal, leading the tractors through Turin Road and sharing his John Deere with his wife, Betty. After Banks and his fellow “pullers” concluded the parade, the crowd participated in the tractor power show, a fair-like event where participants show off the ability of tractors.
With the weather offering ideal conditions, Turin was able to make the most of its 20th annual event.