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Antique tractor show set for next weekend

Eventgoers to the annual tractor show, held at the Ironton Hills Shopping Center, look at antique models during the 2011 show.

It’s a way for young folks to experience farm heritage of old for the first time and a way for older generations to relive it.

This year marks the 14th annual Lawrence County Ironmasters Antique Show.

On June 15 and 16, farm buffs from all over the Tri-State will bring their engines, tractors and farm equipment to display at the Ironton Hill Shopping Center.

Event organizer Don Mootz said he and other organizers expect 100 exhibitors this year.

“We prepared last year for 60 or 70 (exhibitors) and we had more,” Mootz said. “We had a very successful year last year, more than our expectations.”

Mootz said the event has grown each year, adding more displays and more exhibitors from Lawrence County.

“It’s an opportunity for people to see some of the antique things that relate to our heritage,” Mootz said, saying some of the equipment displayed is from as far back as the 1800s. “We haven’t had anyone who wasn’t impressed by what they have here (at the show).”

The event is free to the public and for exhibitors. Registration begins at 8 a.m. each day.

On June 15, there will be free barrel train rides for children, a tractor drive at 6:30 p.m. and dinner for exhibitors.

On that Saturday there will be a tractor parade at 11 a.m., kiddie tractor pull at 2 p.m. with trophies awarded and lunch for exhibitors. There will also be free primitive camping for exhibitors and games.

Mootz said organizers encourage anyone who has farm equipment to come out and display it. Even people with antique kitchen tools and old maps have participated.

“I think they would enjoy sharing it with people,” he said.

For more information about the show, contact Mootz at 532-4974, Lee Nance at 533-1925 or Colegrove Temco at 532-9105.