Calvin Richardson has not only found his own talent but also a hobby that he hopes to turn into a future business. Richardson has spent about the last six months restoring a 1495 New Holland Hay Mower. Once he had the finishing touches put on, Richardson entered the restored mower in the FFA Ag Mechanics & Technology show at the Iowa State Fair. The months of hard work paid off as he brought home a purple ribbon, earning Reserve Grand Champion.
Richardson, a 2013 South Tama County graduate, bought the hay mower from a man near the Brooklyn area for $1,000. The restoration would require another $10,000 to complete, which he stated was the only downside of the project.
"The best part was seeing it at the Fair," stated Richardson. He bought the New Holland in January of 2014 and put 350 hours of hard work into completing the restoration.
Calvin Richardson poses with Iowa State Fair judge after receiving Reserve Grand Champion for his restored 1495 New Holland Hay Mower.
While this is currently a hobby for the 19-year old, he hopes to have a future in farm equipment restoration. Once he gets the hay mower home from the fair he intends to use it. He would also like to continue restoring old machinery not only for himself, but for others as part of his own business.
This was not Richardson's first appearance at the Iowa State Fair FFA Ag Mechanics & Technology Show. Last year he restored an International Harvester combine and brought home a first place finish.
Richardson did most of the work on his own but wanted to thank his family and friends for additional help and support throughout this process.