Senoia, Georgia resident Frank Harris, an 85-year-old farmer, has been selected to lead the 17th annual Turin Antique Tractor Parade due to his devotion to the agricultural industry and the world of farming, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.
Harris grew up on a farm in Senoia and began farming by plowing the fields with a mule. When his father bought his first tractor, a 1943 Model B John Deere, the Georgia resident fell in love with the brand, and in turn, the lifestyle, reported the news source.
The appointment of Harris to be the grand marshall for the event was a huge honor to him, as he has been to the parade every year with his trusted John Deere tractor, according to the Times-Herald.
Harris noted that he enjoys watching the younger generations get involved in the event, as the young kids enjoy taking rides on the antique machinery and learning about the specific types of tractors, reported the news source.
The Turin Antique Tractor Association runs a tractor pull event after the parade each year, as antique and used farm equipment is used to pull a sled for the enjoyment of visitors, according to the organization's website.