Antique farm equipment enthusiasts can showcase agriculture’s historic role in inspiring Pennsylvania’s story by bringing their vintage iron to the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg next month.
“The story of Pennsylvania agriculture is really the story of us – where we came from, and how we built the Pennsylvania we call home today,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The equipment on display, which worked the land of Penn’s Woods and helped to feed a growing world, will bring that legacy to life for thousands of Farm Show visitors. Help us to inspire them as together we write the next chapter of Pennsylvania’s story.”
The 13th annual antique tractor and engine exhibit will take place Wednesday, January 10, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, inside the heated and ventilated Equine Arena. Registrations are due by Tuesday, January 1, 2018. Space is limited to 100 entries to be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
Entries are open to any restored antique wheel and crawler tractors built before 1975, original tractors in good condition, restored antique farm trucks, and stationary gas engines. All tractor operators must be at least 16 years of age.
Additional events during the exhibition include a pedal tractor pull for children weighing 40-90 pounds at 12:30 PM and an antique tractor pull for stock gas tractors (no diesels), from 4:00-9:00 PM.
Pennsylvania FFA chapters that participated in the Antique Tractor Restoration will be recognized in an awards ceremony on January 13 at 8:30 AM on the Lancaster Farming stage in the Expo Hall. Those FFA chapters can compete in the antique tractor pull with their tractors.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 5-12, 2019. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.