The Biggest and Best Little Show in Alabama

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20396 Elkton Road, Athens, Alabama 35614

1948 Field Marshall owned and restored by Charles Hood of Franklin, Tennessee. Note the old military helmet covering the exhaust pipe.

15 HP IHC 'Giant' Mogul engine owned and restored by Stanley Britton and Mike Thomas, both of Athens, Alabama.

The Piney Chapel Volunteer Fire Department held their eighth annual Antique Engine and Farm Machinery Show on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, 2000. Since the show started eight years ago, it has been growing in size every year. The weather could not have been any more cooperative and it was beautiful and pleasant the entire weekend.

This year, there were approximately 180 gas engines, three steam engines, 300 antique tractors, seven lawn and garden tractors, pedal tractor displays and numerous parts, toys and flea market vendors. Plenty of food was served by the fire department staff, their wives and volunteers, and what a fine job they did! John Powers of Cartersville, Georgia, had his 2? HP Alamo powering a five gallon ice cream freezer, providing a taste of traditional homemade ice cream.

Some highlights of the show included a 1952 Massey Harris Colt owned by Dwight Lovell of Piney Chapel. This tractor was bought new here in Athens and has been here all its life. Dwight rescued this tractor from behind a barn not far from his home and spent two years meticulously restoring it to like-new condition. Another unusual tractor was a 1948 Field Marshall owned by Charles Hood from Franklin, Tennessee. This tractor has a one cylinder 40 horsepower diesel engine and weighs 6500 pounds. All other tractor names such as Oliver, John Deere, Allis-Chalmers, International Harvester, Ford, Case, and Massey Ferguson were well represented.

In the gas engine display area were many beautifully restored examples. I.H.C., Mogul, Stickney, Hagan, Termaat and Monahan, Simplicity, Hercules and many others were all on hand to demonstrate to curious spectators how farm jobs were made easier in days gone by.

Some of the events held during the weekend included a parade of power, fast crank competitions, slow races, and even a skillet throwing contest for the ladies. Most everyone enjoyed a relaxing ride around the show grounds on buggies pulled by antique tractors. To sum it up, a great time was had by all who attended.

The Piney Chapel show is always the second weekend in August, so mark your calendar and visit the biggest and best little show in Alabama. Hope to see you there!