2019 Tractor Pull

41st Annual Truck
and Tractor Pull

  The Saluda Young Farmers 41st Annual Truck and Tractor Pull, “Hottest Pull in the South” will be held July 27th at the Young Farmer Stadium at the County Recreation Complex.  The Carolina Truck & Tractor Pullers / Southern Pullers Association professional pull will begin at 6pm.  Gates open at 4pm.  There will be 19 classes featured this year.
  Ticket prices are as follows:  Adults - $15, Children 6 to 12 - $10, under 5 – Free, and cooler/bulk beverage - $5.00 (no glass containers).  Credit and debit card ticket purchases will be available at the gate.  Concessions will also be available.
  To purchase trackside parking, contact Scott Wertz at 803-924-3124. All trackside parking spots are $50 and go on sale July 8th.  Please call after 5pm.
  The Saluda Young Farmer Scholarship winners will be recognized as well.  The 2019 winners are Megan Corley, Texanna Miller, Sarah Shore, Cody Clary, Makayla Porter, Zac Berry, Kelson Palmer, and Benjamin Buzhardt.   Proceeds from the pull go towards the scholarship program.
  Bring a chair – stand seating is limited. Also, visit the Young Farmer merchandise table to purchase your official tractor pull shirt.
  Come and enjoy a weekend of high-powered action!
  Check out www.SaludaYoungFarmer.org or syftp.us for the latest information. Like us on Facebook at Saluda SC Tractor Pull.

AGCO Delivers Massey Ferguson Tractor  to Southeastern
Farmer of the Year Winner Yon

Kevin Yon, left, Receives One Year’s Use of Tractor for Cattle, Hay, and Pecan Operation

   DULUTH, Ga. (June 24, 2018) – AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, delivered a Massey Ferguson® 6713 Global Series tractor to Southeastern Farmer of the Year Kevin Yon. Massey Ferguson is a sponsor of the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition, held the past 29 years in conjunction with the Sunbelt Agriculture Exposition, in Moultrie, Ga. Yon Family Farms is located in Ridge Spring, S.C.
   With their extensive livestock operation, Yon plans to use his new Massey Ferguson tractor in land preparation, hay production, as well as feeding his livestock.
  “We think this will be a perfect fit on our beef cattle farm and tackle any job we put before it. It’s got plenty of power, is simple and straightforward to operate, and has a very quiet and spacious cab,” said Kevin Yon, owner, Yon Family Farms. “I appreciate Massey Fergu-son’s commitment to agriculture and participation in this and many other programs.  This award means a lot to my family and all the families that keep this farm up and running.”
   Yon, first named the South Carolina Farmer of the Year, was selected from a pool of 10 total state winners for the overall title. Yon Family Farms began operations in 1996 and each member of the Yon family works on the farm. In addition to the extensive cattle operation they began with, the Yon family has diversified their operation and recently purchased an existing pecan orchard and retail storefront operation.
   “It’s an honor to sponsor the Farmer of the Year program and give back to such a deserving family and farming operation,” said Ash Alt, field execution manager, AGCO. “It’s impressive to see their hard work, passion, and teamwork amidst the diverse areas of their operation.  We specifically chose the features of the Massey Ferguson 6713 tractor to best fit Kevin’s operation and have already seen it hard at work.”
   Southeastern Farmer of the Year entrants are nominated by their local extension agents. Extension agents should follow https://sunbeltexpo.com/foty/ for the 2019 contest.

Atkinson Recognized By Lions Club

  At the SC Lions State Convention, Lion Jack Atkinson of the Saluda Lions Club was awarded recognition as a Melvin Jones Fellow by The Lions Club International President, Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir.
  Jack Atkinson is the Vision Screening Coordinator for the Saluda Lions Club and was instrumental in establishing and leading the Saluda Lions Club effort to provide vision screening to the Saluda schools and the surrounding community.
     Thanks to the outstanding financial support of local civic minded individuals and organizations the club raised over $4500 and qualified for a Lions Club International matching grant to purchase vision screening equipment.  In the past year, Jack coordinated the efforts of the club in conducting 16 sight screening events in Saluda, Edgefield,and Lexington county schools that provided sight evaluation service to 3818 students. Of these students, 698 were identified for further sight evaluation. Early detection and correction of sight issues improves ability to learn and quality of life.