Atkinson hosting vintage farm show

Claudia Loucks
Vintage Farm Equipment Association members, including at left, Paul Pardo and Dave Carton, along with Bill Freddy and Gary Cunningham, at right, with members of the Atkinson American Legion Post Honor Guard, are shown at the 
dedication service held for the flag and flag pole recently installed at Bridge Park.

The Vintage Farm Equipment Show continues to grow each year.

This year will mark the third year for the event and the show will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17, at Bridge Park, just west of downtown Atkinson.

Members of the Vintage Farm Equipment Association and members of the Honor Guard of the Atkinson American Legion Post gathered recently for a dedication service held for the installation of a flag pole and flag with a solar powered lighting system at the show grounds.

According to Dave Carton, who organized the first Vintage Farm Show in 2015, the Association is a small group of local people interested in preserving domestic and agricultural items of the past.

“The Vintage Farm Equipment Museum was built in 2016 at Bridge Park to house the many items of vintage farm equipment that have been donated to our group,” he said. “We have refined the display and provided labor and materials to insulate and line the interior walls of the building so we can display many of the smaller items of equipment.”

Each section of the interior walls feature items relating to different aspects of farm life, ranging from dairy, seed, grain, hay, tools, horses and saws to domestic items used in the home.

Larger items such as plows, harvesting tools and equipment, wagons, cord saws, seed spreaders and pony carts occupy additional display space. New equipment, including lawn and garden tractors, hit n’ miss engines, wagon lifts and an antique fire engine from the Atkinson Fire Protection District.

“Visitors also will see a stationary steam engine used to operate various pieces of equipment used in a manufacturing plant,” Carton said.

“The memorial area has been expanded to display items by friends of the hobby who have passed away since our show last year,” he said.

This years’ show will feature Coleman stoves, lamps and lanterns, camping stoves of other nations, blacksmiths, millwrights, handcrafts and horse powered equipment.

“Young people, from ages 6 to 16, boys and girls, are welcome to be part of our Young Collectors Group,” Carton said. “They can have their items on display with the adult displays. We also encourage 4H and FFA members to display their projects even if they are not complete.”

Young Collectors must be registered, have something on display and be present with a parent or guardian to be eligible to win prizes in the drawing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

This year’s prizes are three lawn and garden tractors, two small engines and a vintage push mower.