STOCKTON – Old tractors, a well-drilling rig from the 1800s and an array of antique equipment will be on display and used in demonstrations during the 39th annual Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Show on Aug. 16-18.
The show will be based at the Antique Equipment Association’s 17-acre park at 4678 Cemetery Road, Stockton. Daily activities get under way at 9 a.m.
With more than 500 members, the Chautauqua County group prides itself on its collection of working tractors, motors and household devices.
Featured will be the working well-drilling rig from the 19th century, as well as several tractors more than 50 years old that will be used for tractor-pulling demonstrations.
A blacksmith will ply his trade during the show, which also will feature threshing and baling exhibits.
In the park’s household building, there will be butter churning, weaving, spinning and chair-caning demonstrations, along with many other antique home appliances including working washing machines, early refrigerators, stoves and sewing machines.
The group will also show an old printing press and early machines used by shoemakers, winemakers and other craftsmen.
Ray Bulger, president of the group who will exhibit his John Deere tractor from the 1920s, noted that some tractors to be displayed feature wheels more than 7 feet high. Tractors manufactured by White, Hart-Parr, Oliver, Cockshutt, Avery, Cletrac and Minneapolice Moline will also be shown. The Hart-Parr line of equipment dates back to 1897.
Bulger said these tractors will be exhibited in their own area.
He also said last-minute exhibit surprises are a tradition of the annual show and that visitors from many states often plan their vacations around the show.
There will also be a “Tractor Petting Zoo” for children, and farm animals will be on hand for children to meet and interact with.
Another feature includes pedal tractors for children to ride and contests for kids to try tractor-pulling with the toy models.
“It’s a family event with many different kinds of live demonstrations and talks,” Bulger said.
His own family participates in the event annually.
Food is available on the grounds, and live music will be provided by the “Old Dawg Bluegrass Band” at 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Parking is free. There is an admission charge.
The park is located off Route 380 in Stockton. For more information, go to the website at www.ccaea.net.