| May/June 1983

Four years ago, Don Arndt, owner of Don's TV Sales and Service in Adrian, Missouri, started the ball rolling for the Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association to have annual tractor shows and pulls. (With a name like that, it had to turn out to be a success!)

This year, July 23, 24 and 25, the fourth annual show was held at the City Park, one half mile east of Adrian, Missouri.

Perry Rexroad, president of WMAT&MA reports that there were over one hundred entries in the show including gas and steam engines, antique tractors and cars, miniature models of steam engines, Baker fan, threshing machines, hay balers, saw mill, binder and other displays.

The threshing machine and baling machine, set up by George Delameter and Bill Browning of Lee's Summit, Missouri, was a special treat to many attending the show.

Seeing farm families, (and sometimes city families) bring in their old tractors to have fun pulling in a contest, one is reminded that no where but in America would people sit out in the scorching hot sun, choke on thick gray dust, and snap cloudy pictures of men, women and young people hooking up to a steel sled and picking up one man after another until the tractor can no longer pull the weight.

But the crowds are growing at these events. The coveted trophies are cherished and given places of prominence when carried home.


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