Tractors, Cars Cruise through Worthington

Carnival-goers made their way to Main Street in Worthington Tuesday night to watch dozens of tractors and antique cars roll through the parade.

by Jonathan Weaver

The second day of the Worthington-West Franklin Carnival featured antique and collectable cars and tractors.

More than 50 total vehicles, including 14 cars rode on Main Street, the biggest turnout yet according to Carnival Organizer Connie Feeney, who sent out registration forms at the beginning of May.

“A lot of the farmers don’t respond because they don’t know if they’ll be out in the field, but we had a nice turnout. Very nice turnout,” Feeney said.

Wyatt and Waylon Walker won the best of show for their John Deere 4760, followed by Randy Patsy’s 1937 Allis Chalmers WC, which was the oldest in the parade and won second prize.

Third place went to the Barnyard Stompers 4-H Club, who were driven in an open trailer by John Hollabaugh of Windrush Farm, with Grant Claypoole having the cleanest vehicle (a 1990 Case IH 7110) and Brandon Shields and Jess Erdley winning for driving from the fields.

Lew Wolfe of Cowansville won the first prize trophy in the car competition for her 1929 Ford Model A Sports Coupe.

In the cars category, Lew Wolfe of Cowansville won after showing off her red 1929 Ford Model A Sport Coupe. Russ and Shirley Collar won second with their sea coral 1938 Chevy truck, one of three antique vehicles they own. They also own a 1938 Chevy Coupe street rod and a 1966 Nova Supersport – the latter being their first collectable.

Shirley said the Chevy has been restored during the past several years.

“This truck is pieces from all over the United States. (Russ) got the truck originally from over near Knox Chapel (Butler County), but he had to order fenders from out west,” Collar said. “It’s an all-metal truck – no fiberglass – and he put a crate motor in it, so nothing really original. And those are Ford door handles.”

Though they have a lot of fun cruisin’ in parades, the vehicle is for sale for the right price.

Grant Claypoole's 1990 Case IH 7110 was the cleaniest in the parade. Here, his 2-year-old nephew Marshall accepts his trophy at the Worthington-West Franklin fire hall.

“We’re not real anxious to sell it. If we sell it, we sell it – if he gets a good price out of it. He’s not going to give it away,” Collar said. “You put too much work into them. Too much work, too much money.”

Tim Mills of Rimersburg won third place with his 1969 Ford Mustang, followed by Terry and Mary Johns of Kittanning with their 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe and Terry and Tracy Yockey’s 2011 Chevrolet Corvette.

Cars were judged by Renee Sedwick and Joel Boguslawski, and farm equipment judged by Kathy Roofner and Marion Seavers.

The week’s festivities continue tonight with the Battle of the Barrels at 7PM.