The 2013 Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show will take place at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on April 4, 5, and 6, celebrating its 25th anniversary and reflecting more than 200 years of rural American history through farming equipment. This is according to a press release from the Florida State Parks website.
The 2013 event’s participants will be operating working equipment while competing in tractor races, demonstrating the craftsmanship and durability of American farm machinery. According to the release, visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of wheat threshing, shingle milling, corn grinding, and unusual engines for everyday purposes. Adult competitions at this year’s show will include tractor pulls, barrel races, and a blind race; children will have the opportunity to participate in pedal-powered tractor races, needle-in-a-haystack, or a rooster-crowing contest. To kick off the weekend, an antique tractor parade will take place on Saturday afternoon, featuring everything from customized lawn tractors to restored farm machinery.
A WCTV article from 2012 shows the importance of the annual event to tractor and farm equipment enthusiasts. Ray Vanmersbergen, who brought his grandson to the 2012 event for the third year in a row, said to WCTV, "I was very close with my grandfather growing up. And this is my way of you know completing the cycle of life. And you know this is good clean fun and relatively inexpensive."
More than 200 years of rural American farming history will be on display at the 25th anniversary of the Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, offering events for all ages.
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