Whoever said Santa has to ride around on a sleigh? Folks, this is the Midwest. The way we see things out here, he’d probably feel more comfortable driving a red-nosed John Deere through a field of scraggly corn. As December keeps wagging along, and that prairie wind we’ve all grown to love starts gearing into overdrive, and as we all brave the elements to buy gifts on Main Street, or the mall, or at Wal-Mart, or online for our loved ones, we here at Production Materials wanted to alert you to some holiday cheer in the form of a recent contest. No, it didn’t involve downing a quart of eggnog every time someone sang “Frosty, the Snowman.” Actually, it was a contest to demonstrate prairie pride and Christmas spirit all in one (industrial) package.

Up through this December 12th, folks have been submitting their photographs of how they celebrate the holidays out on their farms to farmindustrynews.com. Farm Industry News thought it would be fun to actually take a photographic peek at how people were celebrating the holidays out on their farms, whether that meant photographs of their home, their farm equipment, or their outdoor decorations. Those who took photos of their festive decorations were then asked to post their entries on Farm Industry News’ Facebook page. Photographers with the most “likes” won The Ultimate Guide to Tractors by Jim Glastonbury for first place and The Farm Tractor by Ralph W. Sanders for second place.

All in all, we’re placing our bets that there was some pretty heavy competition and some pretty festive entries from all across the nation. Competition and good cheer are what keep our country running at its best. We were pleased to see Farm Industry News getting this contest going. Next year, we want to see photos of reindeer pulling tractors.

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