Tractor Push anyone?
Pres. Tennessee Pioneer Power Assn. P.O. Box 125 Eagleville, Tennessee 37060
The banner over the main gate to the exhibit area read 'Field of Dreams,' as the Tennessee Valley Pioneer Power Association proudly hosted their fifth annual show on September 12th and 13th, 1992. The weather was beautiful in the Volunteer State, and the exhibitor and attendance records were once again broken. Exhibitors from seven states displayed nearly 400 antique tractors, many antique gas engines, steam models and other displays.
Our show, called Pioneer Power Days, features antique tractor pulls, slow races, hand cranking contest, children's pedal tractor races and pulls, and a new event this year called the tractor push. Events at shows are most often born of everyday chores on the farm. The tractor push is certainly no exception. How many of you have run out of gas 50 feet from the machinery shed, or tried to start a tractor with a dead battery with no other tractor or truck around to assist? You usually holler for your wife to steer, and maybe if you are lucky, a friend (hopefully a large friend) to help push. For this event, we line up the tractors which must weigh at least 4000 pounds), put the wife in the seat to steer, and you push with your friend's help. The first tractor to cross the finish line wins!! This year's contest was won by Charlie and Kathy Woodson with good friend John Patillo helping to push.
Over 200 tractors entered the games that were held both days, with some of the South's top competitors on hand for the honors. Approximately 60 children competed in the pedal tractor races and pulls as proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and a few cousins, recorded the events on videotape and film. As usual, a girl won the top competition in the 10 year old division!
The gas engine displays were great, as the owners proudly showed their relics to large crowds of onlookers. Several exhibitors had their engines belted up to grist mills, water pumps, and other machinery to show the younger generation their purpose.
The Kieffer family baled hay both days with their newly restored John Deere Dain hay press, which renewed memories for many who gathered to watch.
Charlie Driver had his turn-of-the-century wooden thresher belted up in a fine exhibit for young and old to enjoy. Buddy, Belinda, and Megan Woodson dedicated their exhibit called 'Tennessee Tractors' to Buddy's dad, Bud Woodson, who has spent hundreds of hours restoring nearly 40 tractors that were on display. Jimmy Lamb and Francis Smith had their beautiful collections of restored pedal tractors on hand for everyone to enjoy.
The Yates family of McMinnville was there with their twin 1950 GMC road tractors, each loaded with five nicely restored Allis Chalmers tractors. Their presence has become a tradition at Eagleville, with many people attending the show just to see and hear these beautifully restored 'Jimmy Diesels' roar onto the show grounds for a grand entrance on Saturday afternoon!
The ladies home demonstration club were found in their usual spot showing off their talents of days gone by. The FFA and FHA were busy both days feeding the large crowds.
Saturday's flag tractor was a Model 25 Massey Harris owned by Greg and Suzy Glos of Franklin which led the parade. Greg purchased the tractor in North Carolina shortly after Hurricane Hugo managed only to put a small dent in one fender! For Sunday's ceremonies we used three M Farmalls, which merged from different directions to present the colors. George Brown from Hillsboro drove his wide front Super M, Charlie Woodson was on a 1939 M, and Buddy Woodson drove a 1947 MV.
The slow races have become so competitive over the years that we now have five classes, to be as fair as possible. The classes are early-antique, antique, classic, crawler, and riding garden tractor.
New for the fifth show was a hospitality tent and most importantly brand new bathrooms! Also new was a Saturday night concert which featured country and gospel music.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many exhibitors, clubs, and spectators who made this show possible. Your generosity and willingness to help simply overwhelms us. People come together from all walks of life and step back in time to renew fond memories of early day life on the farm. It is an educational experience for the younger generation to see the 'roots' of our modern day agriculture in operation.
Join us for our sixth Pioneer Power Days to be held September 11th and 12th, 1993, in Eagleville and lose yourself in our show!