Kentucky students turn heads, raise awareness with 13th annual Bring Your Tractor to School event

Published 5:34 am Monday, May 3, 2021

After COVID-19 threw a wrench into most everything last year, Drive Your Tractor to School Day was back on schedule for one Kentucky school.

 

On Friday 11 tractors, 10 driven by students and one by a staff member, took part of what has become an annual event sponsored by the Franklin County High School FFA chapter .

Jonathan Mitchell drives his tractor Friday at Drive Your Tractor to School Day at Franklin County High School. (Linda Younkin/State Journal)

“It’s the best day of the year,” FCHS agriculture teacher Kylen Douglas said. “It just raises awareness of how important agriculture is in the community, and it shows people how many are involved in agriculture, from the big time farmer to the backyard farmer and everyone in between.”

This was the 13th year for the event.

Students had their tractors at the Franklin County Extension Office next to Lakeview Park Friday morning. With an escort from the sheriff’s department, the parade of tractors went down Steadmantown Lane and turned right onto U.S. 460 for the short trip to FCHS, traveling 7-8 mph.

Those participating hauled their tractors to the extension office.

“In a perfect world they bring them the night before,” Douglas said, “but there was so much rain last night that they brought them this morning.”

Friday was the fourth time senior Jonathan Mitchell, vice president of the FFA chapter, had driven his tractor to school, but he’s been around the event for eight years because older sister Molly used to participate.

“It’s fun,” he said. “You get out of school, other students get out of school and get to see the tractors and ask questions about them.”

Carley Mika, a sophomore, has been in FFA two years, but Friday was her first time to drive a tractor to school.