Community encouraged to cast vote for local teen in national tractor restoration competition
—The winner of the 2019 JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Program, Tyler Schimke, has advanced to compete in the Delo National Tractor Restoration Program in Indianapolis. A portion of the national competition includes a public vote for favorite video. Community members are encouraged to cast their votes for Tyler until Oct. 26.
To vote for Tyler and watch his video, head to: www.delotrcvoting.com/Voting.
“We are thrilled for Tyler to be representing the Central Coast on a national stage,” said JB Dewar President Ken Dewar. “The countless hours of work he put into reviving his tractor have not gone unnoticed.”
Tyler, a Paso Robles High School student, took first place at the Mid-State Fair for his 1945 Farmall tractor. He worked to restore the entirety of the tractor including the engine, transmission, ancillary, auxiliary systems and much more. Part of his project was funded through two $1,000 donations: and individual contribution from Mr. Morgatini and another from the California International Harvester’s Collector’s Club. In addition to his mechanical work, Tyler learned to network with multiple agricultural and mechanical professionals.
JB Dewar is now in its tenth year of the Tractor Restoration Program. In that time, more than 114 high school-aged students have participated in the program, restoring more than 77 tractors, and earning more than $100,000 in cash rewards. The dollars earned from the competition have gone toward college funds, vocational education and of course, tractor parts.
Each competitor puts an average of 350 hours of labor into their restoration projects. The physical restoration is only one aspect of the program. The competition is judged on three key components: the restoration, an oral presentation, and a written logbook of their restoration journey. The goal is to provide a learning opportunity that will serve kids well no matter where their futures may take them.