Monday, September 21, 2009

Topsham Fair Antique Tractor Pull

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I have to be honest here, I found this incredibly slow-moving event to be even more boring than watching paint dry (what can I say, I'm a city girl at heart), but my husband was intrigued so while he was watching I grabbed my camera and passed the time my own way - grabbing Ruby Tuesday shots. The subtleties of the sport were completely lost on me (again, that paint drying thing) but I was apparently in the minority, the locals were following the action closely and cheering on their favorites.
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All those shiny red tractors did make for some fun images though, no doubt about that, and of course I couldn't ask for a better subject to share with you all for Ruby Tuesday.
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Loved the umbrella on this one, now that's riding in style -
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So what do you think? Are you an antique tractor pull fan now? I admit that I wasn't converted, but I did enjoy the photo opp, and the chance to share it with you.
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37 comments:

kaye said...

LOL! I loved your comment on the speed of the event. But you did get a lot of nice "red" shots.

maryt/theteach said...

Robin, I think you signed Mr. Linky BEFORE I actually got the HTML loaded in my posting window! Ha! Great RED shots. You do what I do. I'm always taking a photo op when I'm out with family...

I noticed in the shots there were mostly men (maybe ONE woman) were enjoying the sport! :)

Robin said...

How funny, I saw that I was first but it just looked like you'd just put up the post to me.

And yes, the spectators were mainly (not exclusively, but mainly) men - in t-shirts, with short hair, clean shaven, and wearing baseball caps. There was definitely some conformity going on.

ilanadavita said...

I am no tractor fan either but I enjoyed your photos.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Well, Robin, truth be told, I'm not a city girl BUT I have never been to a tractor pull. LOL But I'll go anywhere they'll allow me to take my camera. ;-)

RivkA with a capital A said...

what are they pulling???

Carletta said...

I attended my first tractor pull last fall and I blogged about it. I loved it - especially the old guys and their very old tractors competing against the newer models here. It was their spirit that amazed me. Here everyone goes - men, women, children. Last year one woman participated and she won her class.
Terrific shots!

Maribeth said...

Ah-yup, that's a real down home country thing. Love it!

Robin said...

They're pulling a big sledge with a weight on it.

Patti said...

Yep, I've been to tractor pulls here in Connecticut.

I've also been to oxen pulls (no diesel fumes). But now they are probably no longer politically correct. Oh well.

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Leora said...

Sometimes when an event is boring trying to capture an interesting photo can really convert one's view of the event. I like your photo of the men at bottom the best. Interesting how they find it so interesting.

Mojo said...

I guess there's a sport for everybody, huh? I have nothing against tractors, and I think antique machinery is really cool. to look at. To take photos of. But spend all afternoon watching them drag stuff around? Mmmmmm...aybe not.

You're a good sport in addition to being a fine photographer girl.

Ralph said...

The things that people do for fun in the Downeast...hot-rod tractors look great in ruby. Machinery and men, a classic combination!

Rose said...

These are all great shots...love Old Glory and love the red hatband.

quilly said...

Having endured a few tractor pull events, these shots cracked me up. After the first time, I took a novel and sat at the top of the bleachers and read.

Marites said...

LOL! Am a city girl too and I can really just emphatize with your feeling regarding the speed of the event :D anyway, you did get a lot of reds there.

My RT is up too.

life's journey said...

Tractor looks pretty. happy Ruby Tuesday.

Dimple said...

Well, I've never been to a tractor pull, but there is a draft horse show near here every year, and they have pulling contests. I liked it the only time I went, but, of course, I like horses!
Neat shots, I like the red hat band.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I tend to avoid any activity that involves a tractor... But the pictures are great!

Jama said...

Love that red tractor!

~Just me again~ said...

Im a city slicker...but thinks those are cool shots!

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Looks like it could be interesting ... at least once ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'm not into tractor pulls of any kind but I like tractors of all kinds. Modern and antique.
Great pictures.

Mar said...

At least you could have fun with your camera :)
Nice rubys there.
Happy RT!

Tulip said...

wow beautiful red tractor.

Auntie E said...

I agree sometime they can be slow..but oh what great shots you got! Love the shirt on that guy. Happy Ruby Tuesday

Eaton Bennett said...

I'm part city, part country girl. Lived both sides of the fence...but tractor pulling, nu uh, no way, not my thing. But these are perfect Ruby Tuesday shots. Glad you enjoyed your holiday. :)

Daryl said...

Many years ago ToonMan and I were spending the weekend at a friend's home in CT. We went to a tractor pull .. boring doesnt begin to qualify it .. there was also pole climbing and some other boring to women events ... I too spent the time snapping ... I wonder where those old 35mm shots are ..

LOVE the flag shot!

bellamocha said...

A really fun and um....unique?....event...these folks in the pictures look like they are die hard fans and there for the duration!!
Great pictures and perfect for a RT! Mine is up too....not as punctual as you though!
Have a great day Robin
Bella :)

Sandy "From the Heart of Texas" said...

Not sure about necessarily being a tractor pull fan but I do love tractors! What a great event to find red subjects for Ruby Tuesday. Love your photos!

A.M.I.N.A said...

The red tractoe looks cool. Love it!

shopannies said...

love the old fashioned tractors I love the steam show festivals that they have around here as well

Regina said...

How cool! Great shots.

Sheress said...

Now that shows COUNTRY at hand but slow is nice. Love the pics alot of red there.

Mimi said...

I like the "country show" feel in your pictures, but agree with you re paint drying enthusiasm for parades..as my brother puts it "as boring as listening to paint dry".
Isn't it amazing, though, how Ruby Tuesday can change a boring event into a photo op?

This Eclectic Life said...

I love all the red, girl. Now, I'm not fond of tractor pulls, but I love old farm machinery. It has its own artistic grace. Your artistry with the photographs was well worth your boredom ;-)

Peacefully*Chaotic said...

Very interesting!I love the one of the man with the tractor on the back of his shirt and his cool hat!