Rural northwestern North Carolina’s agricultural roots will be highlighted this Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Rock House Ruritan Building, as the Rock House Ruritan Club hosts its 19th annual Antique Tractor, Auto, Engine and Farm Equipment Show.
Originally organized as a tractor show only, the event has grown over the years to include an assortment of displays and demonstrations of classic vehicles, engines and other farm equipment and antiques related to the community’s agricultural heritage.
Classic tractors, however, have remained as a featured part of the displays. Among this year’s highlights will be a tractor parade through the community and free hayride beginning at 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.
All residents are welcomed to take part in displaying equipment at no charge, with a free hot dog and drink to be provided to each person with a display.
Other features will include the return of a series of demonstrations of once popular but increasingly obscure skills. Joe Allen of Ararat will be on hand with an assortment of tools to demonstrate blacksmithing techniques. A second demonstration will feature Pinnacle resident Hal Rosenquist sawing wood and grinding corn with his Fairbanks Morse engine.
Don Bennett, a club member and a primary organizer of the day, will be bringing his large collection of horse-drawn farm equipment.
An unusual attraction that has proved popular with younger generations in past shows will be on hand as Thomas Hicks returns with his barrel train ride for children.
The displays and 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.
Admission for the day will be free, with funds to be raised primarily by tickets sold for a $1,000 cash drawing scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets will be $10 each, with each ticket-holder to receive a hot dog and drink. Advance tickets are now available from any club member.
According to Bennett, proceeds from the day will be used by the club to help area residents with need as well as local seniors with medical or heating needs.
“We offer this with no admission,” Bennett explained, “to try to preserve our heritage and farming history. We want to invite everybody to come out and spend the day enjoying some good food and entertainment.”
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.