Smoky Mountain Engine & Tractor Association


| May/June 1989



Smoky Mountain Antique show

1201 Snowdon Drive ,Knoxville, Tennessee 37912

For the 6th time now, the Smoky Mountain Antique Engine and Tractor Association put on a show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on June 17, 18 and 19. As usual the weather was in the 90's, but we still had a great time. For all you folks who haven't visited one of the souths finest shows, our show is located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and is truly one of the most versatile areas to visit that you can imagine.

Womenfolk and children who have seen enough of the engines and tractors can visit the many shops and entertainment that are in the area, or drive up into the Smoky Mountains. There are lots of things to do and a shuttle bus leaves from the show area frequently to many of the local attractions. As of now, we plan to have our show at the same place and the same weekend next year (June 16, 17, and 18, 1989).

Our club starts planning this show months prior to show time, because, as most of you know, it's not an easy task to be the host of such an event. This year we had 214 exhibitors and that took 523 people from 18 states to show off 423 engines and 77 tractors!! We had events such as slow races for the tractors, tractor pulls, and parades for the kids (no age limit). The engines were powering such exhibits as: corn grinding, washing machines, a miniature grist mill, water pumps, printing presses, Oliver North grinder (paper shredder), and really a lot of unique applications.

We had three outstanding steam engine displays this year. One that belonged to Joe McCraw from Mason, Tennessee was a beautifully restored steam engine turning a working cotton gin.

Several of the tractors and engines were restored to perfection, like Jerry McDowell's Mogul engine from Greenville, TN or James King's International tractor from Sevierville, TN, or Jack Bible's John Deere D from New Market, TN. The list goes on and on, but thanks to them all.