Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Tractors

Canton Cruize-InCanton Cruize-InThe Fulton County Flying Club, based at Canton’s Ingersoll Airport , holds an annual Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast each May that attracts flyers from all over the Midwest. The airport is named after the late William P. Ingersoll who was fascinated with aviation and a generous supporter of his community. The airport has two paved runways, one 3900 ft and the other 3300 ft and offers a courtesy car for visiting pilots.

Fulton County’s railroad history is preserved in three communities. Lewistown’s Narrow Gauge Depot Museum exhibits railroad photos, memorabilia, and displays, along with the enchanting, retired old caboose to visit. In Canton, the restored Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Station located three blocks east of downtown was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Just north of the depot is a Dinky Engine that visitors can view, which was used in railroad construction. Avon has a restored railroad depot plus an old steam engine tractor in AVCOM Park at the northeast edge of town.

Car culture thrives in Fulton County, with local clubs holding “Cruise-In” events throughout the summer and racers and their fans flock to the dirt track action at Spoon River Speedway on Saturday nights. Tractors, especially vintage tractors, also draw crowds. There are antique tractor shows and pulls at various community events and celebrations, and even garden and mini-tractor pulls in the town of Ipava every other Saturday afternoon from May through October. (Call 309-547-2820 for details.)