GREENSBURG – The Decatur County Fair got off to an official start last weekend with the annual 4-H County Tractor Contest.
The 4-H agricultural tractor and machinery program provides Decatur County youth with the educational information about tractors and machinery that will allow them to develop project skills and life skills using the knowledge they’ve gained.
For example, 4-H’ers may learn principles of engine operation, hydraulic systems, electrical systems and safe operation as some of their project skills. Life skills learned may include decision making, using science and technology and developing communication skills. Participation in the 4-H agricultural tractor and machinery program offers fun-filled learning experiences where youth use hands-on techniques under the direction of attentive and caring adults.
Tractors, whether they be agricultural or lawn and garden, are the most extensively used pieces of equipment at both farms and homes. Because of the extensive use, tractors are involved in more farm accidents than all other farm machines combined and are associated with approximately 50 percent of farm-related deaths.
The operator’s contest during the fair gives 4-Hers the opportunity to learn how to safely operate and maintain their tractors to protect themselves and others in a setting that offers rewards for such knowledge and skill.
4-Hers enrolled in the petroleum power program compete in either the junior (grades three through seven) or senior (grades eight through twelve) divisions. Within their division, youth may compete with lawn tractors, agricultural tractors and zero-turn mowers.
All participants are scored on safety, which is being carefully watched at all times and can get a contestant disqualified, responses on a written quiz, parts identification, tractor operation on the course and time spent.
Winners at the county level will move on to the area contest. Winners at the area level will move on to the tractor contest at the Indiana State Fair.
– Daily News