W.M.A.T.&M.A. Spells Fun in Adrian, Missouri

| June/July 1993

  • Christensen sideshaft
    Don Hollar's beautifully restored Christensen sideshaft.
  • 1917 Avery
    Charlie and Helen Haverfield aboard their 1917 Avery.

  • Christensen sideshaft
  • 1917 Avery

653 King ridge Pl Shreveport, Louisiana 71108

Back in 1975, a group of 26 farmers, business men, and community leaders from the Adrian, Missouri, area got together and decided to have an antique tractor pull. As the word got around, old tractors began disappearing from fence rows and salvage yards and shops.

By the day of the pull, as diverse a collection of old tractors as you could imagine (at least by condition) was assembled at the town park. There were some totally restored by those who had already been in the hobby for some time. There were others already in the process of restoration, and still others fresh from the back 40, complete with rust, leaking radiators and tires, and dripping sediment bowls.

Everyone had so much fun, and there was such a good turnout that it was decided to do this again in 1976. Each year there were more tractors, many with new paint and tires. Finally, in 1979 the club which had evolved, Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association decided it was ready to host its own show.

Each year the show has grown, with more exhibitors and larger crowds. In 1982 the club acquired 25 acres along Highway 71 at the edge of Adrian. Soon Frontier Village began to emerge, as buildings were erected, or moved and restored on the grounds. In 1983, the old one room Mt. Vernon country school was moved to the village and restored by the club. Some members had gone to school there as children. The ladies got into the act by purchasing the old Spruce Store, which was torn down and reconstructed in the village. The Ladies Auxiliary became a driving force to build several more buildings and facelift the entire show grounds.

There is an early day bank, printing shop, ice cream parlor, mill house, wood working shop, museum, large horse barn, and engine building. The latest addition just completed for the 1992 show was the one room Mulberry Church, which was moved 15 miles and restored by ladies and men of the club.


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