October 24, 2014

Medina
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Antique tractors on display at county fair

Will McCartney, 9, of Sharon Township, checks out a 1949 Farmall Cub tractor owned by Clayton Kramer, also of Sharon Township, on Thursday afternoon at the Medina County Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Clayton Kramer said he collects antique tractors because it gives him a chance to own the tractors he always wanted as a boy.

Kramer said his father, a farmer, never bought “a big John Deere tractor.”

“Back in 1988, when I could afford it, I bought a big John Deere tractor,” he said.

Clayton Kramer, 78, of Sharon Township, poses Thursday with his 1939 John Deere Model L tractor. Kramer is a member of the Medina Antique Power Association, which has about 100 antique tractors on display at the Medina County Fair this week. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Kramer, 78, of Sharon Township, is a member of the Medina County Antique Power Association, which has about 100 antique tractors on display through Sunday at the Medina County Fair.

The oldest one was built in 1921. Two hay balers are on display as well.

Children might be allowed to climb on the tractors — with their owners’ permission, of course.

“It’s hard to keep boys off tractors,” Kramer said.

Kramer owns about 20 tractors total, and eight of them are John Deere. One of them is a 1939 model that was built to replace a team of horses.

“Farms were pretty small as a rule back then because you had to farm with horses, he said.

Kramer, who retired two years ago, worked as a machinist and eventually owned Medina Tool and Die Co.

The antique association meets monthly and has two shows a year, one at the Medina County Fair and another in the spring.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.