Annual West Dallas Antique Tractor Show returns
Published 10:40 am Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Every year, the Orville and Safford Volunteer Fire Departments come together to organize an event that draws crowds from all over the southeast – the West Dallas Antique Tractor Show. The annual gathering promises a day of family fun and entertainment for both newcomers and returning visitors.
An estimated five thousand visitors made their way to the all/day event in 2022. This year’s show, set for Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. – 4p.m., at 456 South Street in Orville, promises to be just as exciting.
Alicia Killough, who oversees coordinating the events food and craft vendors said there will be something there for everyone.
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Vintage tractors, classic cars and roaring gas engines may take center stage, however, it’s not just about machinery; visitors can also visit one of the almost sixty craft and antique vendors.
“Anything you can think of wanting [we will have] door rings and hangers, soaps, wooden bowls. Whatever you can think of, we’ll probably have it” Killough said. “We’ve got blacksmiths and pottery makers and basket weavers and all of them will be doing demonstrations.” According to Killough, automobile enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the automobile judging.
The contest will be held in two categories: a ’79 and older class and a 1980 and newer class. For those attending to see the tractors, there will also be two categories in the tractor competition: restored and working class. Winners in each category will receive trophies and prizes.
“This is just a big community event where we all just enjoy the day together” Killough said. “We’ll have about fifteen different food vendors, including stands and food trucks. The ladies of Westwood Baptist Church will be in the cafeteria serving up lots of barbecues. We never limit the barbecue vendors because everyone makes is just a little different.”
Killough said the event will also have fair foods, roasted corn, lemonade, coffee and nutritional drinks among other offerings.
In addition to the engines and trade exhibits, the event is a family affair, with activities to entertain all ages. Children can participate in the pedal tractor race, visit the petting zoo, ride the train or play in the bounce house.
According to an event flyer, one of the highlights of the event is the gun raffle, offering participants the chance to win a USA CZ 457 WMR 22 Long Rifle. Tickets are available at a cost of $3 each or 2 for $5. You can purchase raffle tickets from any Orville or Stafford Volunteer first responders but don’t wait. Tickets are limited.
Thanks in part to the events sponsors, K&D Auto and Farm Supply, AWW Portable Buildings, Orville Farmers Market, Safford Trading Company and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, the event is free, but donations are accepted at the gate. All donations go towards the Orville and Safford Volunteer Fire departments.
“This is not a one man show. We have probably fifty to sixty volunteers within the community that come together to make this happen.” Killough said.