Dorset Tractor Parade to be Held on Friday Evening
Dorset’s fifth annual Thanksgiving tractor parade begins after sunset on Friday, November 25. Tractors of all makes, sizes and ages, decorated with holiday lights and ornaments, will rumble around the Dorset Green to a cheering audience. “This is a fun event for spectators and participants,” said Malcolm Cooper, owner of JK Adams and noted tractor authority. “Tractor lovers are Republicans and Democrats, super rich and super not-rich, and of every gender nuance. We like to get the machines spiffed up once a year, clean off some of the manure, make some noise and rattle people’s Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.” The event begins in the parking lot at HN Williams store on Route 30, where tractor owners put the finishing touches on their machines. Decorations include Christmas trees, Santa Claus hood ornaments, prancing reindeer and a few unrecognizable items attached at the last moment. At a certain time known only to the parade organizers, the tractors, some of which tow trailers filled with family and friends, move north on Route 30, west on Meadow Avenue to Cheney Lane and then up to Church Street. After circling the Dorset Green twice, they reverse their route and return to their point of origin. “We make sure we abide by Dorset’s posted speed limits,” said Cooper. “We try not to crush too many parked cars. All of our drivers are approved by our local Transportation Safety Administration. Our exhaust fumes smell like something half way between Channel Number 5 and WD 40.” Spectators start to gather on the parade route around 4 p.m. Sunset on November 25 in Dorset will occur at 4:20.