The tractor club kids were temporarily disrailed in their project due to lack of parts; after taking pretty much the entire engine apart, they waited and waited and waited for the new parts to come in.
It has been a race to finish in time for the fair.
They pulled the 4-H project equivalent of a college all-nighter last weekend, working from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday -- in that awful heat -- to get the engine reassembled. When I got there at 8 pm to pick them up, they were all still working...
And I think still having fun...
And also suffering a bit from the goofiness that affects you when you have been working so many hours in a row.
When we left that night, the tractor still looked like this (which was a slight improvement, as the back tires weren't even on when we got there that morning):
But the entire front end was in a completely different location.
They have worked a few sessions since then, but the question remains: did they get it put back together in time for fair? You'll just have to wait and find out!