December 7, 2019

Annual AuSable Valley tractor show celebrates 15th anniversary

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OSCODA COUNTY — The AuSable Valley Engine and Tractor Club’s annual show will return for its fifteenth year straight June 28 and 29 at the county fairgrounds.

Club secretary Denise Agius said this year not much will be changing with the show, but that’s the way it should be. She said her favorite part about the show is that it effectively sends visitors back in time to see what life was like before the advent of modern farming.

“It’s our heritage, it’s where we came from, where our food came from.” Agius said. “There’s a nostalgia that exists about how things were, and that’s a good thing.”

At the show this year will be multiple fan favorite demonstrations and events returning. Agius mentioned one fan favorite that will be returning slightly different this year will be the blacksmith presentation. Throughout the last few months the club has been in the process of building a new smithee for the blacksmiths to work out of.

Also at the tractor show this year will be tractor games, multiple parades, saw mill and rope making demonstrations and a bevy of events tailored specifically to the children in attendance. One of the kids events Agius spoke of was a classroom demonstration that will show children what it was like to be in a one-room schoolhouse for a day.

Every year at the tractor show the club names a featured tractor and engine. A new third category was added this year, expanding the honor to a featured garden tractor as well.

The featured tractor this year is a 1961 Massey Ferguson 35 Diesel Deluxe which is owned by Duane and Nancy Snow. The featured engine is a 1-¾ HP Monarch Engine owned by Chuck and Heather Sedlacek. The first ever featured garden tractor is Tim Holser’s 1941 Speedex Model B.

The show begins at 9 a.m. June 28 and will run through 6 p.m. The event will continue the following day from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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