Nothing beats a good old tractor with plenty of miles on it from working in the fields of Butler County. Producers get the importance of the hard work behind maintaining farm equipment, that has been handed down from family to family. Some of those were on display during the 12th annual tractor and lawn and garden show at the City Park in Morgantown. The Butler County Antique Engine and Tractor Club are to thank for the gathering of like-minded individuals.
Club members Roger Tanner and Troy Dunn explained the origin behind the show. This year the event took place on Aug. 3 and 4. There were a bouncy castle and a barrel train for the kids, flea market vendors, and numerous raffles being held to help several nonprofit groups. In addition, Dunn said, “we always have our annual parade going through town, an auction benefiting different groups throughout the county, and kids pedal-tractor pull.”
Tanner added, “people from Tennessee and throughout Kentucky come in for this. We have several tractor brands represented, Ford, International, John Deere, and even an F20 driven by Ronald Brown from Joleten, Tennessee. The tractor is a 1935 model. It really is something to see.”
According to Dunn, a big boost to this year’s show was the expansion of interest in the lawnmowers. “Lawn and garden are growing tremendously. The next generation is the lawnmowers. Next year we hope to have a lawnmower pull for visitors to enjoy.”
Tanner added, “Butler County is a rural community who is proud of agriculture. Most of the equipment you see has been used in the fields and some even used them for hay. They are proud of their heritage.”
For more information on the Butler County Antique Engine and Tractor Club, visit https://www.facebook.com/Butler-County-Antique-Tractor-Engine-Club-154953734344/.