Smoky Mountain Antique Engine & Tractor Association Show


Heider Rock Island

Heider Rock Island 1918 model C, 12-20 HP owned by the Petrowski family.

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Rt. 4, Box 428 Clinton, TN 37716

Once again the Smoky Mountain Antique Engine and Tractor Association presented a show of rare engines and tractors in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on June 19-21, 1987, as they were used at the turn of the century. The members of this association take much pride in finding, restoring, and showing these old machines.

Owners of a total in excess of 400 engines and 64 tractors from all over the southeast participated. The extreme heavy weight of these entries, from 8,000 to 50,000 pounds, didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the exhibitors, who brought their equipment on whatever kind of truck could handle the load.

Features during this show were antique tractor pulls, with all entries older than 30 years; a tractor slow race; several gas, steam, hit-n-miss, and hot air engines; a hand-carved, all white oak automobile; an old fashioned Maytag washer; wood sawing; water pumping; corn shelling and meal grinding; light plants; and steel wheel tractors. Besides exhibits, antique engine fanciers brought parts to trade or sell. This is always a very important aspect of this event, since parts for these old machines are almost nonexistent.

Each year a tractor parade is held from the show grounds through the streets of Pigeon Forge.

Don't miss the next thumping and humming action weekend in Pigeon Forge on June 17-19, 1988 near the Great Smoky Mountains, which will be the sixth annual Smoky Mountain Antique Engine and Tractor Show.

For more information, contact Marion Brock, President at (615) 689-7789, or Joe Morris, Vice President at (615) 938-3743.

P.S. -If you get in a hurry at any time loading or unloading your equipment no matter how careful you are there is still the possibility of an accident, such as this one that happened to Marvin De Vault loading his 35A John Deere tractor after the show. He was using new heavy timbers but there were unseen knots in them that caused the timbers to collapse. Thankfully no one was injured and the tractor didn't suffer extensive damage-but, the next one may not be so lucky.

This could have been you!