WOODBURY — More than 30 Nonnewaug High School students took part in the annual drive-your-tractor-to-school event Thursday, making their way along local roadways, over hills and through streams.
The students, in the Ellis Clark regional agriscience and technology program, rode tractors either from their own family farm or from farms where they work.
“It’s a tradition here at Nonnewaug that the kids look forward to every year,” said principal Pam Sordi.
The tractor day event dates back decades in these farming communities. After the 2020 event was canceled, Ellis Clark Director Ed Belinsky said this year’s tractor day was the largest ever, with about 34 students participating.
Tractor day had always been held in October when the weather is colder it’s darker in the morning. Having it now generated a lot more buzz, Belinsky said, and having it in the spring also ensured that the machines were running smoothly.
“When we had it in October, the kids hadn’t fixed their tractors yet. But now that it’s at the end of the year, we’ve already worked on them all and we’ve learned everything.”
Junior Ty Reynolds of Beacon Falls drove in the biggest machine, a John Deere 8420, which can reach 27 mph – the speed he drove back to Devil’s Backbone Farm in Bethlehem.
Zoe Inglis of Woodbury drove the smallest tractor, a Kabota lawnmower, but she lived just up the road from the school so her ride was not far.
Nonnewaug High School students head home Thursday afternoon after the annual drive-your-tractor-to-school day, and Zoe Inglis had the distinction of driving the smallest tractor of the bunch. Steve Bigham Republican-American