ETNA — The town of Etna shook Sunday morning by the sound of a parade of tractors as the Etna United Methodist Church held its third annual “Drive Your Tractor to Church” service.
For the third year in a row, members of the church drove their farm tractors to church for worship and then partook in a several mile ride around the town.
“A couple guys saw it on TV and thought it would be fun,” said Deb Barr, a member of the church.
Before beginning the parade around town, new pastor Lynn Willson blessed the tractors, hoping for good harvests and thanking God for their invention and the assistance they bring with feeding more people.
Larry Barr echoes his wife and helped start the event.
“I always look for a reason to drive [my tractor],” he said. “I thought it’d be fun to drive my tractor to church, and when I saw it on TV we decided to do it. Everyone has had fun with it.”
In addition to doing it for fun, it also goes hand-in-hand with the congregation’s upcoming Lord’s Acre Festival. “It all relates to the Lord’s Acre Festival,” member Sue Schuman said. “There used to be a merry-go-round, things going on at the local hardware, and a big parade. Everybody used to donate food to people who need it.”
Three years ago, the congregation joined with other local churches to revive the festival. This year it will take place Sept. 23.