Rain on Your Parade? Dealing with Rain at Tractor Shows


| 11/11/2016 2:30:00 AM


Tags: December 2016, First Things, Leslie C. McManus,

First Things

If there was any common denominator during my experience at shows this season, it was rain. Although it did not rain at every show I attended (well done, Mt. Pleasant!), rain made an appearance at most others I took in.

There are many (including me) who check weather forecasts roughly 29 times a day for 10 days before attending an outdoor event. Others (also me) scoff at such behavior. A friend of mine is calm in the face of a damp forecast. “If it rains,” he says, “we’ll get wet.”

Still, an ounce of caution is worth a pound of cure. Things I’ve learned about rain at tractor shows:

Headed to the Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Assn. show in Portland, Indiana? People may warn you that it will rain there. Believe them.

The day you wear rain boots to a show is probably not the day it will rain. That said, wearing rain boots should not be considered a form of insurance.