Who has the most powerful garden tractor in the Midwest?
There’s heavy debate among the professional lawn mowing professionals, those who spend hours every week mowing their own lawns, the big gardeners and others who get a kick out of supping up their old and more modern garden tractors and lawn mowers.
Answer’s to come, and there’ll be plenty of fun for all, too, this Saturday, April 30, at Paola.
“It’s the second annual Vintage Garden Tractor Show And Pull, a full day of activities, hosted by the Miami County Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Association, at the Paola, Family Center Grounds, 808 East Baptiste,” announced Jan Garber, club official and enthusiastic event promoter.
Actually, activities will get underway on Friday, July 29, with registration, and exhibitors will be setting up their displays.
“All makes of lawn equipment, historical, homemade, new, whatever are invited. Everybody’s welcome to bring their entries for everyone to see. There’ll be garden pull tractors from stock to mini rods, and everything else in the wildest imagination,” Garber said.
Official opening of the show is 8 o’clock, Saturday morning, when “old and newer equipment, whether hand or mechanized will be on display,” the promoter verified.
A wide array of foods along with homemade ice cream will be featured with toe tapping music for all to keep in the sprits as vendor exhibits are viewed while waiting everyone’s turn for the Model T Ford rides.
Tractor games are planned, and the women’s shoe throw and skillet toss are widely anticipated.
Show off time for garden tractor and lawn equipment fun seekers is the Parade of Power at noon.
A kiddie pedal tractor pull is set for 1 o’clock, and money in the hay scramble, for children 12 years and younger, starts at 2 o’clock.
Feature of the day anticipated by all is the garden tractor pull kicking off at 3 o’clock, while the weigh-in is 60 minutes before that.
“The Miami County Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Association, Inc., promotes the preservation of old iron history and the items used in early to mid-20th century,” Garber said.
“Founded in 2012 with help from our supporters, our volunteers act as historical ambassadors for a hands-on trip into the past,” he said.
They’ll also be hosting the Glory Days of Iron, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4-5, at Lewis Young Park, 265th and Jingo Road in Louisburg.
“A few of the things that may be seen at our events include antique tractors, stationary engines, lawn and garden machinery, Model T Fords, construction equipment, military vehicles used to protect our freedoms, and tools of all types,” Garber noted.
Campers are welcome to come Friday and spend the weekend for this Saturday’s feature, and motel have made a special invitation to provide accommodations for visitors as well.