Howard Swan and Marjie Willey at Ag Awareness Day.
11550 Trost Road Ida, Michigan 48140
Many of us know the enjoyment of exhibiting at a show, but how many have known what a smile from a handicapped child taking his first wagon ride can mean, or the look on a child's face when he can relate a cob of corn in the fields to tacos they can eat?
Members of the Southeastern Michigan Antique Tractor and Engine Association, Inc. are getting to know such enjoyment. Ag Awareness Day is an educational day, sponsored by the Mon roe County Extension Service with the help of many organizations such as the Antique Tractor and Engine Group. Over 1500 second and third graders from around the county come to see animals and demonstrations, to play educational games, and to learn about agriculture in our daily lives.
Members of SMATEA demonstrate shelling corn, grinding and cleaning the corn, and grinding and cleaning wheat to make edible foods. It is truly amazing to learn how many of the adult chaperones and teachers do not know that corn (field corn-not sweet corn) is the same thing as corn flakes, taco shells and so forth are made from. Every class is given a processed box of corn muffin mix to take back home, prepare and then discuss in the class.
Country Bumpkin Day is a fall fun day designed by the Monroe County Intermediate School to allow mentally and physically handicapped children to have some of the simple pleasures nor mal kids doincluding a hayride. SMATEA members Ray Willey and Art Weir brought their tractors to the school to help provide the pulling power for the rides. Giant smiles were had by ALL!
Providing something to educate or something the rest of us take for granted, makes the SMATEA group SPECIAL. This group of antique tractor and gas engine buffs will be holding its annual show on July 14, 15, 16, 1995 at Nike Park in Monroe, Michigan. The beautiful shaded park will provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to see firsthand some of these demonstrations and meet a great group of people. 1994 was a fine year for our club. Our new home is a beautiful county park with a lot of shade trees and grass. New activities include a tractor baseball game, tractor pull demonstrations, kids' games and other tractor games.
1995 promises to be even better. A tractor baseball tournament is being planned, pony pulls, and a whole lot more. The shade trees and green grass will again provide a cool and relaxing place for a show in the heat of the summer sun.