Antique Tractor Show a success

Published 8:13pm Monday, November 12, 2012

ORRVILLE — People of all ages flocked to Orrville Saturday for the West Dallas Antique Tractor Show for a chance to see antique trucks and classic cars as well as browse through cotton candy scented isles of necklaces, handcrafted picture frames and jellies.

“This tractor show is awesome. It’s outstanding. And it looks to me like each year it’s getting bigger and better,” Orrville Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin said. “The cars, the music, the food — everything looks good. It’s just awesome.”

Lumpkin said it was great to have so many people in Orrville.

Karen Grimes, organizer for the tractor show, agreed.

“I’m real pleased,” Grimes said of the crowd turnout. “It’s a great balance of cars and tractors and people.”

This year the show saw more than 100 vendors from all over the state come to set up tents on the grounds to sell their handmade goods.

“It’s just a time to let your worries go and come have a great day,” Grimes said. “Forget about paying the bills and just enjoy the moment.”

And from the looks on the faces of those coming out of the line for homemade ice cream, that’s just what visitors were doing.

When visitors of the tractor show weren’t eating the local fare, listening to performances by local musicians or finding homemade treasures to take home, they were browsing row after row of shiny vehicles and peering over silver antique engines.

Nine first, second and third place trophies were awarded for the antique and classic cars and trucks, Grimes said, and the mayors choice award made it an even 10.

For folks who passed by Billy and Beverly Stokes, of Moundville, Ala., as they sat by their prize winning 1936 Chevrolet Standard Sports Sedan eating a bowl of homemade ice cream, it may have appeared to some as though the couple stepped right out of the 1930s.

Wearing a Cloche hat, Beverly wore a 1930s-inspired dress that she made herself to go with the period, Billy said of his wife.

“I’m wearing my dad’s hat, and [she has on] my grandmother’s jewelry and her purse,” Billy said. “So this kind of makes it special.”

The Stokes’ Chevrolet won first place in the antique car category. To get the car ready for the show he said they keep it in mint condition.

“We make sure it’s mechanically sound, we keep the car washed, keep it serviced. And then just enjoy a quiet ride down south,” Billy said. “We’re having a good time, and it’s beautiful weather. It’s just a real friendly country atmosphere.”

The tractor show was sponsored by the Orrville Volunteer Fire Department and Friends of Orrville. Grimes said the Community Black Belt Foundation supported the show with a grant to pay for the arts and Alpha’s Young Farmers and a local catfish industry sponsored the petting zoo.

“The rest of what you see is volunteers,” she said. “The town of Orrville provides the space for us, and we couldn’t do this without them.”

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