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Lawn mowers and antique tractors pull in visitors

August 26, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Antique Tractor Club's 12th annual Antique Tractor & Craft Show this weekend will feature Case tractors and equipment.

Club President Dave Lowry expects nearly 200 tractors to be displayed at the free show Friday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Md. 65 south of Hagerstown. Visitors also will see tractor parades, races and pulls. The garden tractor pull has become an especially popular event, Lowry said.

"It's a thing the whole family can get involved in - kids up through grandparents," he said.

Garden tractor pullers will compete for prizes in five classes: Youth stock (650 and 750 pounds); single stock, 16 horsepower or less (950, 1,050 and 1,150 pounds); twin stock, 25 horsepower or less (1,050 and 1,150 pounds); altered stock (1,000 and 1,050 pounds); and pro stock, single or twin (1,000 and 1,050 pounds).

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While most riding lawn mowers have 10- to 25-horsepower engines, many pull competitors "soup 'em up so they get at least 75, 80 horsepower out of 'em," Lowry said.

The show's antique tractor pull will be open to vintage tractors in two categories: stock class 1965 and older (3,000 to 8,500 pounds); and open class (6,500 and 9,500 pounds). Youngsters can participate in a kids' pedal tractor race and pedal pull, Lowry said.

But it's not all about tractors.

The show also will include a flea market, craft vendors, wagon rides, children's games and a bake auction. Members of the Tri-State Farm Toy Club will display their wares. And visitors can check out a working saw mill, stone crusher and thresher.

Valley Concessions and the Downsville Ruritan will sell food.

A pedal tractor and $950 in cash prizes will be raffled during the show, with a good portion of the proceeds benefiting the club's $500 scholarship fund for a local student studying agriculture in college, Lowry said.

Remaining proceeds will help cover current show costs and expenses for a national tractor show that the local club will host in 2007.

For more information, call 301-739-7604 or go to www.wcatc.org on the Web.




12th annual Washington County Antique Tractor & Craft Show

Washington County Agricultural Education Center

7313 Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65), south of Hagerstown

Friday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 29

Doors open at 9 a.m. daily.

Free admission and parking. Primitive camping - restrooms on grounds - available at no cost.

Event highlights include:

Friday

Garden tractor pull, 5 p.m.

Saturday

Spud Fest, 10 a.m.

Kids' pedal tractor race, 2 p.m.

Parade of tractors, 3 p.m.

Antique tractor pull, 4 p.m.

Sunday

Kids' pedal pull, 1 p.m.

Parade of tractors, 2 p.m.

Bake auction, 3 p.m.

For more information, call 301-739-7604 or go to www.wcatc.org on the Web.

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