Ruritan tractor show remembers ‘how work was done’
By Wendy Wood
PINNACLE — The Rock House Ruritan Club provided local families a glimpse into rural North Carolina’s agricultural history Saturday, hosting its 15th annual Antique Tractor, Auto, Engine and Farm Equipment Show.
While the almost 20 classic tractors on display were the stars of the day, a variety of other displays and exhibitions provided youngsters with a look back in time while prompting plenty of memories for older generations.
Displays included blacksmithing demonstrations by Joe Allen and a grinder set up by Hal Rosenquest, using a hit-and-miss engine to grind cornmeal and chicken feed. In a new display, Rosenquest also attached a large blade to a Fairbanks Morse Engine in order to saw wood. Organizer Don Bennett was on hand with a large collection of horse drawn and other classic farm equipment.
Other activities included a morning hayride for children and an accompanying “tractor parade” through the community. And the day ended with the traditional “cow bingo” game.
“It’s a good show,” Bennett said, “and we’re tickled with the turnout. We’re satisfied.”
“We’re glad to see all the kids that came out,” added co-organizer Todd Gordon, “probably the most we’ve ever had. There’s a lot here to interest kids, things they’ve heard their parents and grandparents talk about but they’ve never seen. It’s important that they be able to see how work was done when their parents and grandparents were kids.”
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