A bright-red Massey Ferguson model 1533 tractor rumbles away on the property of Madera’s Quality Machinery Center.
Ever so slowly, the seven-foot-tall, eight-speed, manual transmission beast backs up, inching closer and closer to its eventual goal of a perfect parking between two traffic cones.
The Liberty High School sophomore and FFA member atop the machine, Hattie Faccinto, has eyes focused solely on that prize, but a chorus of chuckles erupts from her three teammates when a cone squishes under the tractor’s driver-side rear tire.
“That’s why we call her kill-a-cone,” laughs sophomore Jesi Bailey. “She’s killed them like five times!” ...