will be on display in May
to feature antique machinery
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, KY. (May 2003) Joe Martin knows his
tractors. He should. Hes been a collector for 30 years.
Although his current collection has diminished from what it was in former
years, he still travels to auctions and reads trade magazines searching
for the tractor of his dreams.
That rusty iron gets in your blood, he said of his hobby.
Martin has joined with a local group of antique tractor collectors who
have dubbed themselves the Pioneer Power Club.
by Don Ward
tractors like these
will be on display at
the Carrollton show.
To spur interest in their pastime, the club plans to hold
a free Antique Tractor Show beginning at 8 a.m. on May 10 in the vacant
lot adjacent to Kentucky Motor Service Inc. at 1303 Highland Ave., Carrollton.
Event organizer Calvin Miles said that most members of the club have
grown up on farms, been around tractors and enjoy seeing tractors operate.
Group members hope to educate as well as entertain their audience by
displaying vintage tractors and, in so doing, demonstrate the evolution
of farming. Their goal is to teach younger generations how the
country was settled and how farming developed, he said.
Martin was born and raised on a farm in Tennessee during a time when
it was common for a farmer to employ horses and mules to work his cropland.
In 1953, his family made the switch to tractors.
Martin said hes always been interested in machines and has now
decided to preserve the past the best I can.
He said he tries to buy antique tractors in running condition because
replacement parts are expensive for these old iron horses. The oldest
tractor Martin will have in the show is a 1928 John Deere D, which he
recently purchased in Kansas.
Miles said the clubs board of directors would have 25 tractors
on display from their own personal collections, in addition to what
other collectors will bring. Farmall, John Deere and Allis Chalmer are
just a few of the types of tractors that will be represented.
A 1929 Rumely oil-pull tractor will be included in the lineup. Nearly
60,000 of these tractors were built and are credited with helping to
open the Great Plains to cultivation. This line of agricultural equipment
was the invention of a German immigrant Meinrad Rumely and his family.
So far, there has been a lot of interest in this type of show, said
Miles. He has fielded inquiries from Vevay, Ind., Shelbyville, Ky.,
and Renfro Valley, Ky. The group is considering organizing another show
later this year if its get a positive response from this one.
Like Martin, Miles said he also travels out of state to attend tractor
shows. There are shows like this all over the United States,
Miles said this event is family oriented, and he gets a kick out of
seeing 5- and 6-year-olds driving tractors at such shows. Kids reared
in the city dont usually get the chance to experience farm life
in this way, he said.
Greg Braun, manager of Kentucky Motor Service, said his decision to
sponsor this event was made on the spur of the moment. He said this
show is something unique and rare, and he believes there is quite a
bit of interest in such an event.
He said a cookout and a possible tent-sale may accompany the antique
tractor show. Braun said even though the event may be starting out small,
it would progress into a larger event if enough interest is shown in
it. I like to do things like this to help the community,
Future plans may include moving the show to the Carroll County Fairgrounds
to be held in conjunction with tractor pulls. Members of the club also
display tractors at Carrolltons annual Two Rivers Tobacco Festival,
held in the fall.
This is such a wonderful way to honor the family farm, said
Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission director
Robin Caldwell. The club is trying hard to remind folks of a way
of life that is quickly slipping away, she said.
For more information, contact Miles at (502) 463-2963 or the
tourism office at 1-800-325-4290.
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