Farmers show their power at Appalachian Farm Show


   They may be old, but there's still fire under the hood. This week at Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, area farmers will rev their engines and throttle down in an Antique Tractor Pull, plus show off their driving skills during the Tractor Olympics.
   It may not be Thunder Valley, but the Tri-State Antique Power Association promises three days of fun when it hosts the 9th Annual Appalachian Antique Farm Show April 26-28 at the fairgrounds, located 1 mile off Interstate 181. 
   "The show will feature exhibits of antique tractors, circa 1900-1960, and antique engines, circa 1910-1920, from Tennessee, Virginia and surrounding states," said Ronald Alley, president of the Tri-State Antique Power Association.
   Steam engines, threshing machines, and even a grist mill will be on display. Equipment exhibits and vendors booths open at 8 a.m. Friday. In the evening, the best of the best will compete and demonstrate their diesel power during the Antique Tractor Pull.
   On Saturday, owners and drivers will show off their "works of art" during the ever-popular Parade of Power. Spectators can cheer on their favorite make and model as participants show off these antique jewels during the Tractor Olympics. Even the children get a chance to compete during the Kiddie Tractor Pedal Race & Pull.
   "The public is welcome to come see and enjoy the Farm Toy Show, as well as commercial vendors, arts & crafts, local entertainment, new and used farm equipment parts vendors, and a variety of food concessions all weekend," said Alley.
   Gates open each day at 8 a.m. On Sunday, church services will be held at 9 a.m. Admission is $4 for adults; children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Limited onsite camping is available.
   The Power Association also is proud to feature Allis Chalmers at this year's show. "We invite all Allis collectors to come, participate and show off equipment," said Alley. "Our show is a great family event."
   The event is sponsored by Gray Auto Parts.