Sports and Outdoors

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Antique tractors and gas engines at Spring Mill SP, April 25-26

Indiana DNR Release:

The 10th annual Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Show at Spring Mill State Park will be held April 24-25, one of the first spring weekends the state park is open.

One of many special family activities that weekend at Spring Mill, the show also features working farm machinery.

Antique farm tractors dating to the 1930s will be on display near the Sycamore Shelter House, which will serve as event headquarters, welcoming visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Antique tractors, small-engine and farm machinery owners can register their display items starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. A tractor parade is scheduled for 4 p.m. that day.

Members of the Tri-County Antique Farm Machinery Association will help with this year’s show. Machinery owners will be on hand throughout the weekend to talk about their hobby and the history of the machines. The stories behind the machines are often as colorful as the tractors and engines themselves.

Visitors can step back in time and imagine what it was like in the days when the family tractor was the most important piece of machinery on the farm. They too will be able to realize how much easier life was during this era, as compared to the thriving days of “Spring Mill Village,” when horses, oxen and mules were the means of crop production.

Although there is no fee to participate in the show, there will be a $5 gate fee for cars with an Indiana license plate, and a $7 per out-of-state cars. Those interested in camping can contact the park office at 1-866-6 CAMP IN. For more information about lodging at Spring Mill Inn call 1-877-LODGES-1.

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