The Rock House Ruritan Club will pay tribute to the rural heritage of its surrounding communities on Saturday when it hosts the 18th annual Antique Tractor, Auto, Engines and Farm Equipment Show at the Rock House Ruritan Building.
Originally organized as a tractor show, the event has grown over the years to include an assortment of classic vehicles, engines, farm equipment and antiques related to the area’s rural and agricultural culture.
Throughout the changes, however, tractors have remained a centerpiece of the event. Among this year’s highlights will be a tractor parade and free hayride scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The parade is open to all tractors on hand and anyone may take part in the hayride, with all children to be accompanied by an adult.
Other featured highlights will include the return of a pair of demonstrations of once popular but increasingly obscure skills.
Joe Allen of Ararat will be on hand to demonstrate blacksmithing techniques. A second demonstration will feature Pinnacle resident Hal Rosenquist sawing wood and grinding cornmeal with his Fairbanks Morse engine.
A new attraction should prove popular with the youngsters as Thomas Hicks debuts a children’s barrel train ride.
The demonstrations will be part of a full day of food, fellowship and entertainment planned for the annual fundraiser. Tents and shaded areas will be available throughout the day as will concessions, including hot dogs and drinks.
Admission for the day will be free, with funds to be raised primarily by tickets sold for a cash drawing scheduled for 2 p.m. The expected prize will be $1,000.
According to club representative Don Bennett, proceeds will be used by the club to help residents with need in the club’s local community and the surrounding area.
“This day is like a history lesson,” Bennett said. “Young people haven’t seen a lot of this but it’s the way their ancestors made a living. It’s a big part of our past and it’s always an interesting day for the whole family.”
The day’s activities begin at 8 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m.
The Rock House Ruritan Building is located on Highway 268 East, five miles outside of Pilot Mountain. For additional information on the day, Bennett may be contacted at 351-2893 or Todd Gordon can be reached at 413-5896.