H-CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR

Jul 10, 2012 8:27 PM by Hope Hanselman, KSBY

Boy overcomes challenges to build tractor of his dreams

A 16-year-old boy in Paso Robles is taking on a big project this year for a 4H project at the Mid-State Fair.

Isaac Parrish is rebuilding a 1950 Ford tractor for the Tractor Restoration Program at the fair.

It's a big job for anyone to take on, but Isaac is doing it despite living with autism, ADHD and diabetes.

His parent's say this project has pushed him to overcome many obstacles.

They say he's sensitive to sounds and smells.

Isaac doesn't like the feeling of wearing gloves or safety goggles or the smells of the chemicals. But he puts up with it all every day because he loves working on that tractor.

It's all been made possible by donations from some local businesses.

A central coast petroleum company called JB Dewar donated the tractor that was once lying in a field in Santa Maria and now is putting a huge smile on this boy's face.

"This was a huge accomplishment for Isaac and I will be forever grateful to Dewar for allowing him to be a part of this project knowing his disabilities," Isaac's mother, Sheri, said.

The family says Saturday will be the day that engine finally fires up- which is what Isaac says he's looking forward to most.

It will be on display each day of the fair during tractor hour from 2 to 3 pm.

With only a few days left to the start of the fair and more work to be done, you can donate to Isaac's project by going to Coastal Tractor which is located on 3050 Ramada Drive in Paso Robles.

There is a lot more to Isaac's story. KSBY will be there when the engine starts and Isaac rolls it onto fairgrounds. Join us back on KSBY at 6pm on Sunday to see the road that got him there.

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