Jim Mahan grew up on a farm just north of Jessamine County using equipment that has since been antiquated. Now the 67-year-old has a barn full of the now-antique tractors that he says help keep people in touch with the past.
Mahan has more than 30 restored tractors on his farm that sits in Fayette, Scott and Bourbon counties. Some tractors date back to 1939, and he has many different makes — Farmall, John Deere, Allis Chalmers and Ford.
Mahan moved to the farm north of Lexington from his property near the corner of Nicholasville Road and Man O’ War Road about 20 years ago.
It was about that same time that Mahan began taking his tractors to antique-farm-equipment shows.
“Everybody asks, ‘What do you do at a tractor show?’ I say, ‘Well, mainly, you sit around and eat and tell lies,’” Mahan said with a laugh. “That’s almost the truth. When everybody has a common interest of restoring or keeping or painting or taking care of old antique equipment and tractors, you kind of have a camaraderie that’s fun.”