Young tractor enthusiast goes on a joy ride


DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — For the Earles family, it can be hard to find activities their son Dylan, who uses a wheelchair, can take part in. Crowded places like zoos can be a hassle.

But a ride on a tractor showed how the simple things can be the most fun.

Dylan’s love of tractors came from his papa.

“I’ve got a Kubota tractor,” said Jerry Earles, Dylan’s grandfather. “It’s a diesel. When the thing cranks up, it’s got a unique sound to it, and he gets excited about it.”

That love of tractors inspired Dylan’s Halloween costume this year, a tractor like his papa’s created by the Mountain Valley Artisan Barn to fit around his wheelchair.

“It was the best feeling to just watch that little boy,” said Pamela Paquette, who helped make the costume. “To see him, and it was like ahh!”

“Oh my goodness! Fell in love,” said Dylan’s mom Jennifer Earles. “Loved it! Automatically went straight to the handle and started pulling on it. He had bubbles coming out of the machine. He was just fascinated by it.”

Today, at Collie Equipment Company in Danville, he got to ride the real thing.

“He is in heaven right now,” said Jennifer Earles. “He is loving it. You can see he loves it, just absolutely loves it. This is just awesome.”

Today meant the world for both Dylan and his family, who took joy in his excitement.

“He’s a very happy child and he still does absolutely anything he wants to do, so I thank God every day for the way he is.”

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