Antique Tractor & Engine Show

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Jerry Stafford

United States

#1 Jul 1, 2007
Antique Tractor & Engine Offers
Family Fun and Glimpse of Agricultural Roots

Antique tractor and engine exhibits, tractor pulling competition, lawn mower pulling,a farm tools and equipment auction, an encampment of Civil War re-enactors and a variety of arts and crafts specialists will be featured the Sept. 8-9 at the Berkeley County Museum’s 6th Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner.

Visitors to the museum’s annual fund-raising event will get a good glimpse and an opportunity to examine up close some of the tractors, tools and farm machinery that were important to the agricultural past of Berkeley County and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

“It's all about the agrarian roots of the culture and history of Berkeley County and this area,” explains Al Belk, president of Berkeley Classic Tractor & Engine Club and chairman of the planning committee for the museum’s annual two-day exposition of vintage agricultural technology.

“These tractors, hit and miss engines and other related farm equipment reflect the big steps
of progress made over the past century beyond mules and plows, horse-drawn wagons and the crops grown and harvested mainly by the sweat of their brow by farmers and their families,” explains Belk.

“With the advent of first the steam powered engines and subsequently gasoline, kerosene and diesel-fueled engines, the era of powered tractors and machinery made agriculture a bigger, better and more booming business.”

The Berkeley Museum's Antique Tractor and Engine Show began in 2002 as an event for raising the awareness and understanding of the importance of agriculture and some of the evolution of agricultural technology over the past century.

The tractor and engine show involves the participation of five antique tractor organizations: Berkeley Classic Antique Tractor & Engine Club, Lowcountry Tractor and Engine Association of Charleston, Swamp Fox Antique Tractor and Engine Club of Marion, Sunny Plain Antique Power Association of St. Matthews, and Waccamaw Tractor & Engine Club
of Conway. Additional exhibits from throughout the Palmetto State will also be involved.

One of the features of the 2007 show will be the tractor competition, utilizing the new
350-ft. x 50-ft. pulling track.“The new track facilitates an expansion in participation by tractor pullers,” said Belk.“With total-track lighting, a grandstand and sound system, it is the premier pulling track in South Carolina.”

This year’s show will feature an expanded Saturday morning auction of tractors and farm equipment, which begins at 9 a.m. There will also be a display of John Deere toy tractors and collectibles.

On the art and crafts side, specialists in the areas of blacksmithing, basket weaving, chair caning, furniture making and a grist mill operation will be featured in the Crafts of the Lowcountry exhibit at the Berkeley Museum.

Entertainment plays an important part for the two-day event, with performances featuring bluegrass, gospel and beach music.

Funds from the annual event support the Berkeley County Museum’s program of educational outreach and the development of new exhibits and displays.

Exhibitors who would like to display their antique tractors, hit-and-miss engines or other agricultural equipment should contact the Berkeley County Museum.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults with children 10 and under admitted free.
Don P

Mount Pleasant, SC

#2 Aug 23, 2007
I also understand the Ford Model A Club plans to attend, and other antique cars will be displayed. :)

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