More than 100 people watched at least 20 floats roll through downtown Sturgeon Saturday morning to kick off the Boone County Fair.
For many, besides the sweat-basting heat and searing sun, it was a time of fond memories.
Pausing from chatting with his friend Ronnie Brooks as the two waited in the pasture behind the Sturgeon Recreation Center where the floats were in pre-parade line up, Stan Robinson smiled.
“It’s pretty one,” he said gesturing to the orange-red 1958 Ford Workmaster tractor, parked and waiting for the parade to begin. “My grandpa Gene Brooks bought it new in 1948. He farmed in Rucker Missouri. I remember when I was little, he would drive it to the Rucker store with me sitting on his lap.”
The farm was sold long ago, but Robinson said he kept track of the tractor and in February, 2017, he had the opportunity to buy it and restore it in time for this year’s county fair parade. And before the parade, Robinson said he had already renewed the family tractor’s tradition. “Yep,” he said, smiling wider. “I’ve already taken my grandson Devin Robinson on a ride to the store on it.”
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