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F.A.R.M. Club Antiques show
moves to Ripley County location

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(June 2007) – Close to 4,000 visitors are expected to attend the annual Farming Antiques Related Machinery (F.A.R.M.) Club Antique Tractor and Engine Show, said organizer Chuck Heck. This year’s show, which runs June 22-24, will be held at the Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood, Ind.
“The relocation from Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Ind., to Osgood was made because the new site has more buildings, better grounds and a better location,” said Heck. “We had a great relationship with Perfect North for years, but it was time to move on.”
He said the response over the move has actually been extremely positive and overwhelming with excitement because many visitors and club members actually live in Ripley County, which is basically a farming community. “I am thrilled we have been so well-received.”
The show will remain the same as in years past, with one exception; the spring swap meet and the fall show are now going to be combined for an annual event to be held every year on the last full weekend in June.
There will be no general admission charged, although a donations box will be set up. “We wanted to make the show accessible to everyone who loves this type of event,” said Heck. There will be a charge, however, on grandstand events.
As usual, everything in the show is vintage, dating from the 1950s and earlier. Hundreds of antique tractors and farm equipment, much of it from the 1930s and 1940s, will be on display.
There will be working demonstrations with the antique equipment, including an antique hay baler and an old-fashioned saw mill.
Live entertainment from country and bluegrass bands will perform periodically throughout the show, including a Friday evening performance by the popular Tri-Staters Country Band.
There will be several tractor pulls, including a garden tractor pull during the event.
The Midwest Farm Toy Show will also be ongoing, although it may be smaller than in years past, and a craft show is shaping up to be huge. Heck said, “We have sold over 200 feet of table space for the craft show, so visitors will love browsing through that.”
Of course there will be a variety of food vendors, and this year a trading post has been added. Heck said the trading post will be for visitors that would like to sell something, but don’t want to sit and wait. Instead, for a small commission, the F.A.R.M. Club will sell the item at the trading post. Heck said any item with a $5 value or more is welcome to be put in the trading post.

• Flea marketers are welcome to participate in the event. Call Chuck Heck at (812) 926-3654 for more information.

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