Swing yer partner round ‘n round! at an Ohio Tractor Square Dance

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Ohio can't be the only place where things like this happen. I'm sure there are plenty of other farming communities that hold dusty county fairs with delicious fried food, antique machinery shows where rusty engines belch acrid smoke, and, yes, even the occasional tractor square dance.

I'm sure these other places exist… I've just never been to any outside of Ohio.

A Tractor Square Dance

Where I grew up and where I live now, farming is a big deal. Most of the high school kids are involved in 4-H, and “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” isn't celebrated in jest. That's just simply rural Ohio for you.

So, when I heard about a “Tractor Square Dance” happening at the fairgrounds in Findlay, I was not the least bit surprised. I was, however, intrigued. What could possibly happen at a tractor square dance? I had to go find out.

As it turns out, a tractor square dance is exactly what it's marketed as – people astride tractors performing choreography to square dancing music, dance caller and all. It was actually very impressive what these 16 performers were able to do on lumbering antique tractors. The tractor square dance was definitely worth my $4 admission fee and and hour of my Saturday night.

Here's the video of the big event:

And here are some photos to check out:

Alison and Linsey wearing their excited faces
Lining up
What a lovely circle
Complicated choreography… we think.
Spin Yer Partner!
Good crowd

So, is this a high-brow, enlightening travel experience? Absolutely not. But sometimes it's the quirky little gems like this that really give a place or region its character. This is rural Ohio. It's probably rural-a-lot-of-other-places, too, but I'll forever associate the county fairs and tractor square dances with my little piece of the midwest.

If you ever have the chance to go to a tractor square dance in some backwoods little farming town, I highly recommend it. If nothing else, at least you'll have a really random story to tell your friends.

(And no, no overalls or flannel shirts required! Only recommended.)

Have you ever seen anything like this where you live?


"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. Ok, I’ve seen tractor pulls, but that is a pretty awesome version.

      Haha, glad I’m not the only one who thought so! I’ve been catching plenty of flack for being so excited about it.

    Wow. Who knew tractors could move like that. I’m somewhat dizzy after watching that. You have to give it to Ohio for having such a unique Saturday night activity.

      Haha, yeah, I’d never even heard of such a thing before. But, I’ll admit, I was very impressed.

    Sounds like a great attraction for travelers– it’s a real taste of Americana 🙂 I’d love to check this out myself!

      Definitely a taste of Americana! If ever you get the chance to check one out, do it! It was actually a lot of fun.

    I went to something like this in the central Illinois farming country where my dad’s side of the family is from. I wasn’t expecting much but I loved it! It was so fun and I was amazed at the control they had over their tractors.

      I know, right?? It’s actually really impressive, and very entertaining.

    Thanks for posting this. I just happened across this page about Tractor Square Dancing and am so thankful for it. See, I am originally from the Findlay area but have since moved away and I know quite a few of the Square Dancers out driving in the video. It is good to see a slice of home and that someone else enjoys it as well. THANK YOU!

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