Pioneer Power Antique Tractor Show

Area tractor collectors display
antiques machines at Carrollton

Adcock will display his has collected
33 tractors since the 1950s

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (May 2008) – For those who grew up on a farm, there’s a certain nostalgia about old tractors. For those who missed out on this chance, antique tractor shows provide a glimpse of a simpler rural lifestyle where these old irons were once king.

Lawson Adcock

Photo by Randal Miles

Carroll County, Ky., native Lawson
Adcock is shown here with a load of
tractors in Milwaukee in October 2006.

Lawson Adcock is one of those individuals who “enjoy old tractors because I grew up with them.” Adcock, 74, still has the tractor he grew up on, a 1938 C Case. His father bought it when it was only a few years old.
“I’ve always had old tractors,” said Adcock. “I just didn’t get rid of them when I updated them with newer ones.”
Tractor collectors like Adcock will be participating in the sixth annual Antique Tractor Show in Carrollton on May 9-11. From 9 a.m. until dark, the Pioneer Power Club will be displaying167 tractors with plaques awarded to winning tractors.
Local crafters will be on hand, a petting zoo will be set up for children, and working demonstrations of a rock crusher, hay baler and more antique engines can be seen throughout the weekend. The Antique Tractor Show will be set up beside Kentucky Motors Inc. on Highland Avenue.
This show is for all ages, said event chair and Pioneer Power Club President Debbie Miles. The club has about 30 members, many of whom are women and children.
The show has grown steadily since its beginning in 2002. Miles said people are coming from as far away as northern Indiana to participate this year.
Miles’ father-in-law, Roy Miles, was a founding member of the Pioneer Power Club. For the second consecutive year, the club will award a memorial scholarship in his name to one high school senior from the surrounding counties.
Adcock, a Carroll County native, said the founding members formed the club so they could “share our toys.” Adcock has collected 33 tractors since the 1950s. He said the tractors really belong to his wife, Marcella. He would often buy them for her for special occasions, such as their 50th wedding anniversary.
The oldest tractor he owns is a 1919 728 Case Cross Motor. He purchased it at an auction in New York State and has driven to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana to pick up tractors.
Mostly in a junk state when he buys them, Adcock may spend a couple of months restoring them on his own. He owns all brands and will have a good selection at the show, including other equipment such as a 1927 hay baler.
Another special antique iron he owns is a 1937 CC Case that had once belonged to his “Uncle Boone.” His uncle had purchased the tractor when it was new from Dallas Taylor’s dealership in Prestonsville.
The day his uncle went to trade in his old one for the new one, he left his house with the old one while the dealer left his business with the new one, meeting in the middle to exchange tractors.
The widespread appeal of antique tractor shows seems to be gaining in popularity, said Adcock.
“The Wall Street Journal even wrote an article on tractor collecting.” Adcock had seven tractors in last year’s show and hopes to add a few to that number for this year.
For Gene Crady, founding member of the Antique Iron Club in Oldham County, the Antique Tractor Show in Carrollton is “a wonderful show. We were invited to participate and would very much like to be a part of it.”
Several members of the Antique Iron Club have participated on an individual basis in the past, and Crady said he hopes the club can pull together to have about eight tractors in this show.
Crady said he likes the atmosphere of camaraderie with neighbors and friends who accompany such local shows. “You can see old friends and make new ones.”
Adcock summed it all up by adding, “It’s good for the next generation to see what we farmed with.”

• For more information about the Antique Tractor Show, contact Debbie Miles at (502) 347-9365 or (502) 558-8684.

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