“We’re both in the medical field so we know how important that is,” Don said. “I work for Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga and we have a huge breast cancer center down there. We just wanted to participate just for fun.”
One of Karen’s great aunts died of breast cancer, “and a fellow nurse died young of breast cancer.”
But, Karen submitted the winning bid and the tractor was delivered to them Friday at Homestead Lawn and Tractor on APD 40.
Homestead owner Neil Groothuis said, “We’re proud one of our manufacturers is making this donation to breast cancer awareness and we’re glad to be the delivering dealer.”
Groothius is the area deal in the 60-mile radius around Cleveland.
During the presentation of the keys, Don told how, after arriving at the farm show, she went one direction and he went off in another with the understanding they would meet again for lunch.
“Before I met her for lunch, I went by and put my bid in,” he said. “We had this magic number we thought it would go for, but we still wanted to participate.”
Karen did not place a bid, so they went again to the booth after and Karen placed a bid of $15,000. Don never said how much he bid, but Karen’s was higher. After giving it some thought, he suggested that a lot of people would bid an even number and she should go back and bid an odd number. She went back and submitted the winning bid of $15,267.
“She went back and did the second bid and of course, she got the tractor,” he said.
The CS2410 model is a addition to the Kioti Tractor lineup as of June 2012 and marked the company’s entry into the subcompact tractor market. The pink tractor won by Massengale was equipped with a loader and a mid-mount mower.
Kioti Tractor Southeast Regional Territory Manager Tom McArthur said Kioti’s thought was not only to promote a new product but to also to make people aware of breast cancer.
Kioti Product Support Specialist David Pettus disassembled the tractor for the paint job and hauled it from Wendell, N.C., to Cleveland.
“This is kind of near and dear to me too because I lost my wife to breast cancer,” he said. “When they asked me to do this, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.”
The Massengale’s named the tractor “Angie” in honor of Pettus’s wife.
The couple own a 200-acre beef cattle farm that has been in the family since 1903. This will be the sixth tractor in their fleet and will primarily be used for maintaining lawn and garden areas on their Century Farm. They will also display it at local fairs, in local parades and at the popular strawberry festival to continue to raise awareness for breast cancer.
“This will be the only tractor on the place that gets a bath probably once a week,” Don said. “We would love to share it with the cancer society anytime they want it.”
Upon notification of winning the bid, Karen and Don worked with River Valley AgCredit to secure financing. River Valley AgCredit waved all their typical fees and provided a competitive finance rate to the Massengales.
Elizabeth Turner of River Valley AgCredit worked to make the transaction happen because her Mother fought breast cancer and is currently seven years cancer free.
The pink tractor is the first of its kind. Two others will be produced in 2013, one for a silent auction at the National Farm Show in February in Louisville, Ky., and one for the Canadian market. Proceeds from both tractors will also be donated to breast cancer research and awareness.