October 30, 2014

Pinconning to host antique tractor show this weekend

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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PINCONNING — The Sunrise Side Antique Tractor Club is holding its second annual antique tractor show at the Deer Acres Fun Park in Pinconning June 29-30, and is expecting a wide variety of vintage farming equipment.

Jim Rabe, chairman of the tractor show committee, said he is expecting at least 60-70 tractors and other farming equipment on display at the show, which highlights machines that were built 25 years ago or older.

“We’re expecting some teenagers: equipment from 1918 and 1919, up to brand new stuff,” Rabe said.

The old farming equipment is going to be on display alongside modern tractors from Case IH Steiger to showcase “old vs. new,” Rabe said, letting visitors see how farmers in the past

He said people interested in showing their equipment, whether rusty and well-used or shiny and painted, could get in touch, and that it was open to members and non-members of the antique tractor club alike.

The show will also feature an area for vendors to show off goods, antiques, and crafts, Rabe said, as well as concessions and food. He said he is expecting more than 30 vendors in total for the event.

“The vendors are really excited,” Rabe said. “They said we are one of the first places they can work and operate in the shade.”

“We have beautiful show grounds, they’re easy to get at, there’s ample parking, and everything is just there,” he added. “The park lends itself to something like this.”

The band Cowboys at Heart is also scheduled to play classic country music throughout the show.

“It’s an open jam,” Rabe said. “Anyone else can play, as long as it’s classic country or gospel music.”

Kids games and events are also scheduled for the event, Rabe said. The show will hold a pedal tractor pull for children, and a money pit, where money is mixed into a pile of sawdust. Rabe said kids would go in and try to find the buried treasure.

Admission is $4 per day, or $6 for both days. Rabe said it could end up extended to include Sunday, July 1, if enough exhibitors and vendors decide to stay.

For more information, people can contact Rabe at 989-879-2293.

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