Turning Tragedy into Hope
For four years now, his parents, Angie and Jimmy Barber, have turned their large Thurston yard into a festival including a 200 foot long pad for tractor pulls. There is something for everyone – kids games and prizes, bounce house, corn hole tournament, raffles, door prizes, dunk tank, karaoke and plenty of food. Everything’s inexpensive, but his parents, relatives and their friends have managed to raise nearly $70,000 for his fund at the
Fairfield County Foundation. That fund helps pay the cost to train Fairfield County EMT’s and paramedics in advanced pediatric care or purchase pediatric equipment for medics.
The lawn tractor pull attracted dozens of riding lawn mowers, competing in eight classes. Many aren’t your dad’s old mower. Walnut Township road supervisor Randy Kemmerer brought his two dieselpowered lawn mowers. Thanks to a turbo and other modifications, Kemmerer and his two sons are now getting 125 HP out of a former 15 HP diesel mower motor. Diesels are known for belching thick black smoke as they pull the sled down the track. There was an alcohol-fueled mower as well.
“It’s all about fun for the kids,” Jimmy Barber said.