Dixie Flywheelers Pioneer Peanut Days Show

| August/September 1994

  • Peanut vines being fed into the hay baler
    Peanut vines being fed into the hay baler.
  • Ron Franz filling the water hopper in preparation
    Ron Franz filling the water hopper in preparation for baling the peanut hay.

  • Peanut vines being fed into the hay baler
  • Ron Franz filling the water hopper in preparation

100 Cedar Drive Enterprise, Alabama 36330

The Dixie Flywheelers eighth annual Pioneer Peanut Days Show was held on October 23 and 24, 1993, at the beautiful Landmark Park, Dothan, Alabama. This show was sponsored by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association and Radio Station WDJR-FM.

Landmark Park is a reconstructed 1890s living history farmstead of one hundred acres. It has a one-room schoolhouse, a log house, a 1907 Presbyterian Church, a blacksmith shop, an 1,800 foot boardwalk, nature trails, a picnic area, wildlife exhibits, an interpretive center, a planetarium, and much more. The Pioneer Peanut Days Show is just one of many events that take place here throughout the year. There is something of interest for the whole family.

Saturday started off with a light rain, lasting until mid-morning. Still, fifty-two exhibitors showed up with eighty-seven engines, eleven tractors, three hay balers, two stationary peanut pickers, a peanut shelter, a cane mill, a hammer mill and old tool displays.

Using much of the above equipment, we harvested peanuts the way it was done fifty or more years ago. The peanuts were dug and stacked in the field to dry. Then, a stationary peanut picker was belted up to a tractor and the peanut stacks were brought to the picker by a mule team. The peanut vines were fed into the picker by pitchfork. At this point, they were separated from the vine. The vines were then put through a hay baler. Three of these demonstrations were held on Saturday, and two on Sunday afternoon.

An added attraction this year was Bill Orr's big, two-cylinder, 120 HP Fairbanks Morse diesel engine. Bill and Mike Peters started it and ran it several times each day. This huge two-cycle engine, having a twelve inch bore and fifteen inch stroke, powered a cotton gin in Headland, Alabama, until the early 1960s. It is eight feet tall, twelve feet long and weighs over 16,000 pounds.