Tennessee Valley Show Tops 300 Tractors

| July/August 1992

  • Kerosene engine
    Kerosene engine runs either way. Even I can start one of these!
  • Empire Tractor
    A nicely restored Empire at the 1991 Tennessee Valley Show.
  • Tennessee Valley Show
    Part of the lineup of 305 tractors at the 1991 Tennessee Valley Show.
  • John Deere '50' chassis
    Barber-Greene loader factory built on modified John Deere '50' chassis. Are there any others?

  • Kerosene engine
  • Empire Tractor
  • Tennessee Valley Show
  • John Deere '50' chassis

P.O. Box 125 Eaglesville, Tennessee 37060

The Tennessee Valley Pioneer Power Association hosted their fourth annual show on September 7th and 8th, 1991. The weather was beautiful in the South and all the members had their fingers crossed that this would be the year that our show would top 300 tractors. The final count proved successful as 305 antique tractors were tallied. Not bad for an area that still used mules in the 1950s!!

Along with the tractor show, the gas engine show was bigger and better than ever. Exhibitors from several states displayed engines of yesteryear. The ladies Home Demonstration Club showed off their talents of years gone by and everyone enjoyed the crafts that were for sale.

A Parade of Power was featured both days as exhibitors paraded their tractors in front of the grandstand area. This year two-way radios were used to help the announcer describe the entries as they paraded by the grandstand. The Flag tractor on Saturday's opening ceremonies was Powell Smith's W40 McCormick-Deering which is also featured in the 1992 DuPont calendar. Sunday's flag tractor was a Rumely Six owned by our local Allis Chalmers collector, W. C. Arnold.

Slow races were held in three classes this year. The three classes are: early antiques built through 1939, late antiques built from 1940 through 1952, and classics built from 1953 through 1960. This is the fairest way we have found to conduct the slow races, since later tractors tend to be geared slower than earlier ones.

The hand cranking contest is always a real crowd pleaser, as the contestants jump from their seats to start the tractor, then mount the tractor again to race to a finish line a few yards away. It's a lot easier to judge which tractor crosses a line first, than which one starts first and is more exciting to watch! Safety inspectors always recheck every tractor to make sure that it is in neutral before being started. They do not, however, remind the contestant to turn on the switch, which has proven to be the downfall of many embarrassed crankers!


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