Smoky Mountain Antique Engine & Tractor Association Show

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Heider Rock Island 1918 model C, 12-20 HP owned by the Petrowski family.
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Heider Rock Island 1918 model C, 12-20 HP owned by the Petrowski family.

Rt. 4, Box 428 Clinton, TN 37716

Once again the Smoky Mountain Antique Engine and Tractor
Association presented a show of rare engines and tractors in Pigeon
Forge, Tennessee, on June 19-21, 1987, as they were used at the
turn of the century. The members of this association take much
pride in finding, restoring, and showing these old machines.

Owners of a total in excess of 400 engines and 64 tractors from
all over the southeast participated. The extreme heavy weight of
these entries, from 8,000 to 50,000 pounds, didn’t dampen the
enthusiasm of the exhibitors, who brought their equipment on
whatever kind of truck could handle the load.

Features during this show were antique tractor pulls, with all
entries older than 30 years; a tractor slow race; several gas,
steam, hit-n-miss, and hot air engines; a hand-carved, all white
oak automobile; an old fashioned Maytag washer; wood sawing; water
pumping; corn shelling and meal grinding; light plants; and steel
wheel tractors. Besides exhibits, antique engine fanciers brought
parts to trade or sell. This is always a very important aspect of
this event, since parts for these old machines are almost
nonexistent.

Each year a tractor parade is held from the show grounds through
the streets of Pigeon Forge.

Don’t miss the next thumping and humming action weekend in
Pigeon Forge on June 17-19, 1988 near the Great Smoky Mountains,
which will be the sixth annual Smoky Mountain Antique Engine and
Tractor Show.

For more information, contact Marion Brock, President at (615)
689-7789, or Joe Morris, Vice President at (615) 938-3743.

P.S. -If you get in a hurry at any time loading or unloading
your equipment no matter how careful you are there is still the
possibility of an accident, such as this one that happened to
Marvin De Vault loading his 35A John Deere tractor after the show.
He was using new heavy timbers but there were unseen knots in them
that caused the timbers to collapse. Thankfully no one was injured
and the tractor didn’t suffer extensive damage-but, the next
one may not be so lucky.

This could have been you!

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