Engines will be revving this weekend at the Smoky Mountain Events Center, as a dozens of antique tractors and semi trucks will be on display for the public to see.
Returning to the former Haywood County Fairgrounds at 758 Crabtree Road in Waynesville, The Ole Smokey Antique Tractor Show and Semi Crazy Truck Show will be tilling up plenty to see on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8.
This year’s antique tractor show celebrates its 25th anniversary since its inception by founders Gus Ledford and Gil Henry.
“Ledford had a vision of bringing back the past,” said Darren Wade, current president of the Ole Smoky Antique Tractor & Engine Association. “Him and several more people got together and the event grew from there. We are trying to keep the tradition going and keep the show going. We want to continue the tradition of showing how they used to farm versus what they do now.”
“A lot of the innovation of the tractors they used in the 40s and 50s are just like the ones we use today,” Wade added. “The younger generation doesn’t really understand it — that’s why we’re trying to get young people interested and carry on the tradition.”
The public is invited to come visit the entire grounds, which will be filled with antique tractors, engines, farm equipment, and semi trucks to look at. There will be food trucks on site, tractor train rides for the kids, wagon rides, parade of power, and Friday night’s festivities include a light show from the semi trucks.
“The truck show will have everything from working trucks on the road to show trucks to everything else,” Wade said. “There will be plenty for people to see and look at for hours.”
Live music and vendors will be on site and raffles to win prizes. There is no charge for admission but donations are greatly appreciate.
The two-day event will be open on Friday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the light show at dusk, and on Saturday, May 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit https://www.olesmokytractorclub.com/.