3226 Bayshore Drive Cookeville, Tennessee 38506
The 14th annual show was held September 26, 27 and 28 at the Tennessee Technological University Hyder Burks Agriculture Pavilion. The show grounds are off-campus on Route 290 (Old Gainesboro Grade) at the Shipley Demonstration Farm. The spacious new facility consists of a picnic shelter/kitchen, a shady grove, covered sales and show arena. The sales area was filled with 'hands on crafts' such as wood, hooked rugs, stained glass, and leather working. The covered, clay floor arena housed the kid die tractor pull, and antique tractor pulls. The grove and various parking lots were used for antique car, engine, tractor and farm demos.
A show highlight is 'black kettle popcorn,' a caramelized mixture popped in a large wood fired cast iron kettle. Folks line up for Jim Burkhardt and his crew to bag a 'Pop.' They turn out many kettles during a show. The club kitchen offers up 'Plow Dogs, Tractor burgers,' and the best bowl of beans around. The donated homemade desserts are awesome!
The craft festival included many working demos, as well as toys and a flea market. This part of the show is new and growing rapidly. New crafters are always welcome, especially those with 'hands on' things.
The three-day fall show this year was attended by over 4,000 visitors, not including crafts persons and children under 12. The show included a craft festival of 150 booths, antique truck and car displays, threshing and rock crushing demos, 150 engines and 200 tractors. The show dates for 1998 are September 25, 26, 27. We hope to see you there!
The club of 150 members meets monthly at the facility and welcomes visitors, and also holds a February Swap Meet and Tractor Pull in the indoor facility. This event is held rain or shine.
For more information call Sue or David Quails at 931-526-2474, or Del Heffelfinger, at 931-372-0492 in Cookeville, Tennessee.