Tennessee Valley Pioneer Power Assoc. Eagleville, Tennessee
The First Annual Pioneer Power Day was held on September 10, 1988 at Eagleville High School, Eagleville, Tennessee. September 10 was officially declared 'Pioneer Power Day' by the Mayor of Eagleville and the Rutherford County Executive in recognition of the major contribution pioneer power has made to the rural areas of Tennessee.
This display of agricultural equipment was the first one for this area and it was extremely successful. Pioneer power was represented by over 100 antique tractors, 70 plus small engines, a steam popcorn machine, a horse-driven John Deere hay baler in operation, and a wide variety of equipment. The field day was designed to let local collectors exhibit their antique tractors and engines and to allow the general public to see 'pioneer power' in action.
Activities for the Pioneer Power Day included a display of all items, a parade of over 65 tractors, 25 contestants in the hand-cranking contest and slow tractor race, and 80 tractors competing in the antique tractor pull. Special exhibits included quilt making, corn shelling, various other crafts and a toy tractor display. Over 500 participants and visitors attended the event, and the Eagleville Chapter of the Future Farmers of America provided lunch.
The Tennessee Valley Pioneer Power Association was organized in January, 1988. The Association has 50 active members and is headquartered in Eagleville, Tennessee. Buddy Woodson, President of the Association, said 'This was our first field day, and we were extremely pleased with the attendance and enthusiasm shown by visitors and participants. We appreciate everyone coming, and we expect next year's Pioneer Power Day to be even bigger and better.'