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Fundraiser to benefit FFA scholarships

January 28, 2019 GMT

MERCEDES – Blacksmithing. Rope-making. Horse-drawn planters and plowers.

It’s about keeping alive old farming traditions by sharing, teaching and exploring them with the younger generations.

That is the goal of the RGV Old Farm Equipment Club, which is holding its first fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RGV Livestock Showgrounds.

Admission is $5, and children under 12 can enter for free. All proceeds benefit the club’s new scholarship program.

“We’ve had the high school FFA join us many times. They got involved,” said club spokesman David Zuniga. “We want to award scholarships to students studying agriculture or related fields. We come from a farming area.”

The family-friendly fundraiser will feature a vintage tractor and farm equipment display, demonstrations from blacksmiths and rope makers, games for children and entertainment for all.

“A lot of Winter Texans are retired farmers. They’re always supporting us and go to our meetings,” Zuniga said. “We want to perpetuate mannerisms and traditions of old farming life, so future generations can see what it was like and pass it along.”