Tractor show chugs into town Saturday

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 05:33 PM

The annual Union County Farm Show and Festival returns to the Union County Agricultural Center this weekend.

The event will run from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Unlike in past years, there is not an admission fee for the show and festival Saturday and Sunday though attendees are asked to donate non-perishable food items to help the local food bank.

People can also make monetary donations, Rick Taylor, a member of the show committee, for the event, said.

“We did away with the admission charge and we got up with the food bank of Union County here and we’re asking people to donate two non-perishable items to put in the Loaves & Fishes box,” he said.

The non-perishable food as well as any monetary donations brought in at the event will all be donated to Loaves & Fishes. In addition to the change in the event’s admission, the Union County Antique Tractor & Power Club, which is hosting the event, was able to get 104 sponsorships for it as well as a variety of vendors scheduled to attend. The sponsorships the club received helped a lot when it came to putting the event together, Taylor said.

The Union County Antique Tractor & Power Club was created in June of 2002 and was started as a group of farm equipment enthusiasts interested in the collection, restoration and exhibiting of antique farm equipment. The farm show and festival Saturday and Sunday will be the club’s 2013 fundraiser. This year marks the fourth year, the club has hosted the event, according to a statement from the Union County Antique Tractor & Power Club.

At the Union County Farm Show and Festival on Saturday and Sunday, people will be able to see different displays of antique and current tractors and farm equipment, a display set up by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, which will include the agency’s armored vehicle and other exhibits. There will also be food available and Hendrick Chevrolet Cadillac, one of the event’s sponsors, will have some new vehicles on display. Jerry Simpson, chairman of the Union County Board of Commissioners, will open the event Saturday with a speech. The event will also feature free entertainment, a hayride and other activities. Plans are to also have a drawing for a giveaway of five, 20-inch bicycles to children ages 8-12 who attend, Taylor said.

“We’re looking for a big crowd and for beautiful weather,” he said in reference to Saturday and Sunday.

Through the annual Farm Show and Festival, scholarships, and other activities, the Union County Antique Tractor & Power Club works to give back to the local community, Taylor said.

The Union County Agricultural Center is at 3230 Presson Road in Monroe.

For more information about the club and the farm show and festival visit www.unioncountytractorsnc.com.