MADE IN THE USA: Event will show off American-made tractors

Published 11:29 pm Thursday, November 6, 2014

“Made in America” is a tag we all appreciate and value.

Back for the 13th year, the annual West Dallas Antique Tractor, Car, Gas Engine and Craft Show will be showing off American-made beauties Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the grounds of the old Orrville High School.

The theme for the show this year is “American Made.”

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“While we hope to have lots of American made cars, tractors, engines from yesterday, we also hope to have some American made crafts that will be of interest to everyone,” wrote Karen Grimes, the event organizer, in an email.

The show is sponsored by the Orrville Volunteer Fire Department and the Friends of Orrville Fire. The event’s proceeds will go towards the operational expenses for the department.

During the show, a special recognition will be presented to a community veteran who is retiring from work at the age of 95.

An award will be presented to Robert W. Kirk at 10:30 a.m. for his hard work and dedication to the community.

“If you have ever had a cup of coffee in Orrville or shared a few turkey tales, then he is no stranger to you,” Grimes wrote.

Grimes wrote that she is hoping for a great turnout at the event, and guests will have plenty of activities to participate in.

“We hope we have a good crowd Saturday,” Grimes wrote. “The airways will be filled with the sights and smells of barbeque, catfish, turkey and dressing, polish sausages, cotton candy and other great snacks.”

There will also be a cake sale and a cakewalk for visitors to partake in.

“Big Daddy James Lawler the emcee has a way of making everyone want to step up and be a part of winning a cake,” Grimes said.

Also in attendance will be the Stokes Gator Team, who recently caught the world record gator. They will be available for autographs and pictures and will be talking about their big catch.

“We also have a few new attractions for children like a bungee jump and flying swings. If you need a break from walking around, there will be music on the stage throughout the day,” Grimes said. “Bring a chair and enjoy hearing Barbara Pritchett, James and Bambi Hoggle, Lisa and Barry Surrett, The Grasshoppers, Camellia Tutt, and Bailey Jordan Aguair— not that Big Daddy needs any extra help on stage, he is entertaining enough by himself.”

The show is sure to be a success, as tractor, car and engine enthusiasts make their way out to support the cause.

“My hopes for this year’s show is that when people leave they will take a little happiness with them and share it with others,” Grimes said.