2023: Get Ready for Classic Tractor Shows!
By Tom Seest
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Show participants are invited to bring tractors and equipment for display at Simmons Bank Ag Center on both days, while Saturday will feature the highlight of all: a tractor parade through Discovery Park.
Please be aware that shows, plow days, and pulls may be subject to sudden cancellation or change without prior notification; prior to attending one, we recommend reaching out directly to the organization hosting it to verify your attendance.
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Are you searching for some of the most stunning antique equipment? Discovery Park of America hosts this show every summer, drawing participants from across America who bring vintage and collectible tractors that have helped shape America and our lives over the decades. Visitors get up close and personal views of these stunning pieces of machinery that helped shape how we live our lives today.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky.
Each August for four days at L.D. Brown Expo Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky, comes the Warren County Antique Tractor & Engine Show with hundreds of pieces of history on display and thousands more visitors enjoying tractor pulls, buttery sweet corn cooked by steam engines and other entertainment – plus plenty of vendors selling knick-knacks and food (such as WKU Bridle & Saddle Club!).
This show is one of the biggest of its kind in North Dakota and showcases an assortment of antique farm machinery. Many pieces are still operational! If you want to see history come alive, demonstrations such as wheat threshing and grain processing, as well as blacksmith shops, fieldwork, and tractor parades, are on display.
Admission costs $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. The event runs from Friday to Saturday and is free on Sunday. Golf carts and UTVs may be brought, provided they have been approved by the host, proof of insurance must be provided, as well as signing a waiver to use them at this event. In addition, trailer parking costs $10. For more information, please visit their website.
The Red Power Round Up honors the history of International Harvester tractors. Held annually, this annual event draws crowds of antique machinery enthusiasts from around the country. Boasting an impressive array of red tractors as well as various other displays such as a steam-powered sawmill, a parade of power demonstrations and fieldwork demonstrations, plus craft/flea markets/antique tractor pull/garden tractor pull competitions/food & concessions stands/blacksmithing demonstrations/quilting shows!
International Harvester Collectors Club Iowa Chapter 5 hosts this show at Iowa State Fairgrounds each year, drawing thousands of spectators who enjoy viewing its enormous display of tractors, engines, trucks, and equipment – plus an auction and farm toy museum!
Visitors to the Parade of Power can watch as large red tractors cruise down the track. There will also be an exhibit featuring smaller tractors from Nebraska families like Brennfoerder’s; their collection boasts more than 400, and they plan to bring 11 of them. International Harvester Collectors Nebraska Chapter 12 plans on displaying over 1,000 farmall tractors!
Visitors to the event can explore the history of agriculture and technology, which features vintage agricultural tools and equipment like grain elevators or hit-and-miss engines, vintage tractor rides, or try their luck with Farmall ice cream machines.
Red Power Round-Up exhibits are organized around themes. For instance, there is a section devoted to steel wheel tractors from 1918 that features Moline Universals; another area highlights Fast Hitch, an innovation introduced in 1953 that allowed tractor owners to attach implements without leaving their seats.
The Round Up offers something for every visitor. This show offers a selection of delicious food and beverages, such as turkey legs and BBQ, in addition to children’s activity areas and flea markets for added entertainment on your visit. Take the whole family along for an enjoyable weekend outing!
Southern Farm Days is an exquisite classic tractor show, returning visitors to days of family farming. Held each June from Friday, June 9th until Sunday, June 11th in Evansville, Indiana, this event showcases over 175 antique tractors, steam engines, and automobiles as well as an incredible swap meet offering old farm equipment to buy or sell! It is sure to provide plenty of memories!
The show boasts several events designed to be family-friendly and educational, such as a pedal pull competition for kids and tours of an 1850s farmhouse from that era – not forgetting numerous food vendors and flea market booths!
Central Kentucky Antique Machinery Association provides families with an exciting educational opportunity for them to spend a day discovering farming and the history of their area. As a non-profit organization, they promote collecting and preserving vintage machinery with historical agricultural value for exhibition at their annual spring show featuring antique tractors, cars, and engines from decades past.
Each year, thousands of visitors from the Carolinas and Virginia gather at this free public show featuring over 400 exhibiting companies – making it one of the region’s annual meetings for farmers and related industry leaders.
Southern Farm Days also hosts educational seminars and workshops designed to hone the skills of farmers and related professionals, such as accountants. Some seminars take place on the first floor of the Hall Building, while others may take place elsewhere around the convention center – these events are open to all attendees as a great way to expand your agricultural knowledge!
Southern Farm Days is one of the largest agriculture expositions in North Carolina and Virginia, providing farmers and industry professionals an opportunity to connect and gain the insights necessary for success in agriculture.
Mingo Tractor Club Labor Day Antique Equipment Show is an annual classic tractor event held during Labor Day weekend. The show includes an impressive array of antique tractors and other vintage machinery as well as flea markets, food stands, entertainment, and more – as well as providing opportunities to see various tractor pulls throughout the day!
No matter your purchasing or selling needs, the Classic Tractor & Engine Show is an invaluable source of great deals on new equipment. In addition to a large selection of tractors and equipment available for sale at this show, vendors offer parts, accessories, and related items; plus, there are fun events like pedal tractor pulls for kids and parades around parks – not forgetting plenty of events for attendees such as kid pedal tractor pulls!
In 2023, be sure to visit one of the world’s premier manufacturers, Case IH. They produce a variety of different tractors, including row crop and field work tractors made with high-quality materials and cutting-edge technology that help increase efficiency and functionality – these models can be found across various dealerships as well as online.
Attending classic tractor shows is an ideal way to learn about agricultural technology and history while finding great bargains on used equipment that could save you a bundle in the long run. Be sure to visit one or two shows this year, and bring along family for an enjoyable and informative experience – good luck!
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