Antique tractor, craft show to feature Minneapolis-Molines

August 25, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

Minneapolis-Molines will be the star of this year's Washington County Antique Tractor & Craft Show at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

Minneapolis-Moline was one of the major farm equipment manufacturers in the 1920s through 1950s, said Phil Muritz, president of the Washington County Antique Tractor Club.

The prairie gold tractors were more popular out West, where there were prairies, though there were a few around this area, Muritz said.


Years ago, they could be purchased from a dealer in Maugansville or from Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa.

Fords, John Deeres and International Harvester's Farmalls, all low-cost tractors, were more popular in this area, Muritz said.

There also will be plenty of the latter brands on display among about 75 tractors available for the public to view, Muritz said.

Several demonstrations will be run during the weekend.

A thrashing machine, stone crusher, sawmill and ensilage cutter will be demonstrated on Saturday and Sunday. An ensilage cutter's job was to chop corn and blow it into a silo.

The annual event, in its 13th year, raises money for a $500 scholarship the club awards to someone who lives in Washington County or nearby and who is pursuing an agriculture-related college course.

On Sunday, raffle winners will be drawn for a child's pedal tractor and other prizes.

There will be home cooking, including soups and sandwiches.

If you go ...

WHAT: 13th annual Washington County Antique Tractor & Craft Show

WHEN: Doors open at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 28

WHERE: Washington County Agricultural Educational Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65), south of Hagerstown

COST: Free admission and parking

MORE: For more information, call 301-824-7477 or go to

Event highlights:

- Friday

Garden tractor pull, 5 p.m.

- Saturday

Spud Fest, 10 a.m.

Kids' games, 1 p.m.

Parade of tractors, 3 p.m.

Antique tractor pull, 4 p.m.

- Sunday

Kids' pedal tractor race, 1 p.m.

Parade of tractors, 2 p.m.

Bake auction, 3 p.m.

Raffle and prize drawings after bake auction

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