A Cleveland, Mississippi retiree has adopted a new hobby that allows him to celebrate his former profession while providing them with a chance to meet fellow enthusiasts from around the country, The Associated Press reported.
G. R. Harden had been around tractors for his entire life, and adopting the hobby of refurnishing older models was not a tough transition for the Mississippi resident, according to the news source.
"I grew up on those two-cylinder John Deere's to begin with, and I couldn't wait to get rid of them when they came out with the modern tractors," Harden told The AP. "A friend of mine, David Thornton, who lives here in Cleveland, is the one who got me back in it."
Harden noted that it was an easy habit to come by, as he thoroughly enjoys working on the machines. The farm that he had worked on was passed down through his family and his grandfather had always stressed the importance of maintenance for the John Deere tractors that they owned, reported the news source.
While the older versions of the farm equipment are still loved by many farmers and agriculture enthusiasts, new models like the John Deere 2000 Series are available, according to the company website.