For the 22nd consecutive year, the St. Joseph’s Island, Richards Landing, Ontario Tractor Trot was a big draw for folks on Canada Day.
The tractor trot is one of those remarkable events that comes together each year through the dedication of volunteers. As the story goes, this particular event began with four friends, 22 years ago, deciding to go into Richards Landing for coffee early on Canada Day morning.
Those same four people continue to be the ‘driving force’ behind the Canada Day parade of tractors – Ed & Jeanne Arthurs and Gordon & Gloria Hawdon.
“We had 110 tractors register this year.” shared Jeanne Arthurs in an interview with Superior Media. “The tractors register in the morning at the Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 374) in Richards Landing, and they all set out shortly after 9:00 am.”
The parade route takes them down the main drag (10th side rd.) into the village of Richards Landing and back again to the Legion.
As you can see by the photo gallery below, Canadian pride is on display as tractors get all gussied up for the parade.
“We had 26 different makes of tractors.” said Arthurs. “The oldest tractor was a 1926 Eagle and the newest one was a 2017 Mahindra.”
“After 22 years, the tractor trot runs quite smoothly. We had participants from all along the North Shore (L. Huron), St. Joe’s Island, and even as far away as Bancroft, Ontario.”
Congratulations to the organizers – four friends who really started something special 22 years ago.
Thank you to Kate MacNally who shared all of the photos in the story gallery, as well as video clips. Woohoo indeed!