2014 Tractor Parade 
{ SEPT. 20, 2014 • Parade Line-up: 10am • Parade Begins: Noon}

2014 Grand Marshal

Each year, a tractor parade is held in the hamlet of Sidney Center honoring the people and families of the farming community and recognizing the importance of the farming industry and its history in our county.

This year, Dave Earl will be the parade’s Grand Marshal.

Dave was born in Rock Royal, NY. In 1958, when Dave was 3 years old, his father, Whitey Earl purchased a farm on Vandervort Hill in Sidney Center from Edwin and Elizabeth Galley, comprised of 20 milk cows and equipment. After about a year and a half, the Earl family returned to Rock Royal where Dave attended a one room school. In 1962 the family moved back to Sidney Center and purchased a 187 acre farm from Henry and Fannie Underwood for $12,000. In 1964, Dave’s Dad purchased another farm on Lawton Hill from John and Isabella Ledgerwood.

Dave met his wife, Kathie, in 1971. Kathie helped on the farm whenever she wasn’t working at her job at the Hospital in Sidney. In 1976, Dave and Kathie rented a farm from Ted & Elsie Stewart which is still used today. Dave also hauled sawdust to other farmers for 34 years.

In 1987, Dave’s mother, Barbara Earl passed away. In 1997 his dad, Whitey Earl passed.

In 2006, Dave and Kathie acquired the farm of Al and Naomi Adams (Kathie’s parents). Today they own 85 head of cattle and 310 acres of land. They also own 21 tractors – mostly John Deere - dating from 1930 to 1983.

On Saturday, September 20th, as parade Grand Marshal, Dave will lead off the 5th annual Sidney Center Tractor Parade. Dave will have many of his tractors in the parade.

Registration for parade entries begins at 10:00 AM at the firemen’s field in the heart of the hamlet. Registration will end at 11:45 AM. The parade, consisting of tractors, garden tractors, collectable cars, Doodlebugs and other “cool stuff” will begin promptly at noon. Entertainment, children activities, trophies, raffle prizes and a delicious chicken BBQ will be available following the parade. For parade details call Tom @ 369.9494 or Lynn @ 369.9074. For event details call Geri @ 369.4538, or go on-line to

This event is proudly sponsored by the Sidney Center Improvement Group, Inc., a non-profit volunteer community group created in 2005. The group serves the residents living in the hamlet of Sidney Center.

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About S.C.I.G.

Sidney Center, New York, United States
The Sidney Center Improvement Group (SCIG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grass roots organization based in Sidney Center, NY. The small Hamlet of Sidney Center - like many upstate NY towns, villages, and hamlets, has had it’s fair share of challenges over the years. However, thanks to a group of dedicated residents who gathered for a visioning meeting in 2006, SCIG is now a thriving community group who's sole purpose is increasing the quality of life for all who live in Sidney Center and for future generations.