DIXIE FLYWHEELERS

Pioneer Peanut Days Show


| July/August 1993



stationary peanut picker

A sight rarely seen today. Dried peanut vines fed by hand into a stationary peanut picker.

100 Cedar Drive, Enterprise, Alabama 36330.

Let me tell you about the Dixie Fly-wheelers' Pioneer Peanut Days Show held on October 17 & 18, 1992, at beautiful Landmark Park, three miles north of Dothan, Alabama. This show was sponsored by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association.

Landmark Park is a sixty acre farmstead that is a reconstructed 1890s living history farm. It has a Victorian style gazebo, a 1907 Presbyterian Church, a one-room schoolhouse, a log house, nature trails, a blacksmith shop, an 1,800 foot elevated boardwalk, wildlife exhibits, an interpretive center and planetarium, and picnic area. The farm is complete with livestock and old machinery.

The park hosts a wide variety of educational and cultural programs, workshops, seminars and special events during the year. It welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually, including 14,000 area school children who receive in-depth presentations on local history and ecology. So you see, this is an excellent place for an antique engine and farm machinery show. There is something here for the whole family.

This was our seventh year for the Pioneer Peanut Days show. We had a good turnout of about 150 old engines, tractors and old farm machinery. Some exhibitors started arriving on Friday and stayed through Sunday.

We had three gas engine Maytag washing machines running-two square tubs and one wooden tub. You could get your socks or underwear washed free of charge. There was a cane mill squeezing out fresh cane juice, free to everyone. Peanuts were being boiled in the syrup cooker. For you folks who have never eaten boiled peanuts, once you start, you can't stop until you get the bellyache.