Lincoln County High School Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Tractor Day

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) - It's Friday - and definitely a fun one at Lincoln County High School.  It's Tractor Day!

This is the school's 35th anniversary of Tractor Day, which is part of National Future Farmers of America Week.

Students in Lincoln County's FFA Chapter drove their tractors to school around 6:30 a.m. They paraded around the school and then joined together to eat breakfast.

Students definitely have to leave earlier than normal to get to school on time.

"This year, we have people driving in from 9th grade through 12th grade, and they're driving in from all over the county," said Susan Cowley, Lincoln County High's FFA President. "We have people coming as far as 2 hours, so we've had some pretty good drives this morning."

"I drove from Kelso," Cowley added.  "It's about 45 minutes on a tractor. In a car, it's just 10 minutes."

The first two tractors in the parade were driven by Stan Golden and Tim Redd, who helped start the tradition 35 years ago.

The school has a rich FFA heritage.  Jennifer Snoddy teaches vocational agriculture at LCHS and says the students love Tractor Day.

"This is the one day a year that the kids who come into our program at the beginning of the school year - they are asking 364 days of the year 'What day is Tractor Day and what do I have to do to get to drive a tractor?'" said Snoddy.

Snoddy says the everyone gets behind Tractor Day, not just the school.

"Lincoln County is an agricultural-based economy, and it's important for the community -- the community supports it 100% -- that everybody knows that agriculture is what we do here," said Snoddy.

The largest tractor of the morning, a red Case IH, was driven by Anna Belle Bradley, a 9th grader.  Way to go, young lady!

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