Roseboom celebrates its agricultural history

Sarah Eames | The Daily StarMarron Lejeune, 2, of Fort Plain tries out the driver’s seat of a tractor belonging to her grandfather, Everett Yerden of Roseboom, during the 19th annual Antique Power Days in Roseboom on Sunday.

ROSEBOOM — Hundreds of lawn chairs lined both sides of the street in front of the Roseboom Grange Hall as residents and farm equipment enthusiasts watched dozens of antique tractors rumble down the road Sunday, Aug. 18, during the 19th annual Roseboom Antique Power Days.

The annual event celebrating the agricultural legacy of the area is hosted by the Van Buren family, Roseboom residents of more than half a century, who organize the event with their four sons, according to Norma Van Buren.

“It’s just to help people see what used to be and what is now, and to bring everybody together,” she said. “Every year they beg us to do it again.”

People come from all over to attend the two-day event, Van Buren said, which features dozens of vendors and a Chinese auction, the proceeds of which help cover the event expenses.

The air was thick with billowing diesel clouds over a sea of John Deere green, McCormick red and Allis-Chalmers orange, with many of the riders dressed to match; some with passengers riding in trailers or perched atop wheel covers.

Joshua Hayes of Cherry Valley rode in the parade holding his 6-month-old daughter, Leila, who was outfitted with baby earmuffs.

“It’s her first tractor show and her first tractor ride,” said her mother, Katie.

Everett Yerden of Roseboom said he brought 10 tractors to this year’s show.

His granddaughter, 2-year-old Marron Lejeune of Fort Plain, clambered into the driver’s seat of one to try it on for size.

Sherburne resident Norm Schmidt rode in on a 1939 Farmall H, a tractor almost as old as he is, he said.

“From the old tractors to the new tractors, this is where the future meets the past,” she said.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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