UM Alumni to Auction Off Antique Tractors in Como

Ole Miss alumni Jim and Sarah Ainsworth will auction off their collection of 1956-58 John Deere tractors to the highest bidder at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, January 27, in Como.

The auction, to be performed by Crenshaw Auction Company, takes place at 16394 Hwy. 10 East in Como.

Each of the tractors is fully functional and has been restored to original specifications. And here’s the twist—the Ainsworths, who live in Hernando, will donate all of the proceeds from the sale to benefit of Palmer Home for Children, located outside Hernando.

The Jim and Sarah Ainsworth Collection consists of five John Deere classics, all restored to original specifications.

They’ll be auctioned off along with dozens of other tractors, harvesters, sprayers, excavators, bulldozers, trucks and trailers.

Palmer Home for Children has more than 120 years of experience in providing care for vulnerable children. What began as an orphanage in Columbus in 1895 has grown to include a second residential campus in Hernando and a flourishing foster-care network of caregiver homes in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.

Last year the facility served more than 160 children, and the number continues to grow.  The Hernando campus, established in 2000, recently built three new cottages, doubling capacity on the campus to nearly 50 children.

About 500 people are expected to attend the auction, and bids will be called in from around the country—and possibly internationally—on the Ainsworth collection tractors.

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