Antique: John Deere

Antique tractors, such as this John Deere model, will be among antique farm equipment on display at the annual California Antique Farm Equipment Show which runs April 12-14 in Tulare.

TULARE – Antiques aficionados may be interested in attending the California Antique Farm Equipment Show which starts at 8 a.m. Friday, April 12 at Tulare’s International Agri-Center, 4500 S Laspina St.

The event features antique tractors, trucks and engines, shopping by Rusty Roots, tractor pulls and more family-friendly activities over the weekend. The show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 12-13 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14.

The 2019 show chairman is Walter Watte. He worked on dairies and farms in Chino before joining the Navy in 1969. Throughout his 20-year military career, Watte visited his family in Tulare; he joined them as a volunteer at World Ag Expo and the Antique Show. He now serves as president of the Topa Topa Flywheelers Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Club in Santa Paula, CA.

The Antique Show is in his blood – his uncle, George Watte, founded the show in 1993. For this year’s poster, Watte chose a 1947 two-cylinder John Deere. “We’re featuring John Deere this year, but we love having all makes, models and colors at the show,” he said. “It’s fun for people to come and check them out.”

Rusty Roots, a popular local flea market, will join the show this year inside the Corteva Agriscience Center (formerly Building C). The tractor pull starts at 3 p.m. April 12 and is open to antique tractors from the show. Bull and bronc bucking starts at 9 a.m. April 13 in the Farm Credit Dairy Center. The second session, with bulls, broncs and riders, begins at 1 p.m.

That same day features a steak dinner and concert by Lon Hannah & San Joaquin Junction. Formerly of Sons of the San Joaquin, Hannah and his new group continue to focus on cowboy music and Western harmonies. Social hour is at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the concert will kick off after 6:30 p.m. in the Farm Credit Dairy Center. Tickets are $30 per person, call 688-1030 to purchase.

The tractor parade starts rolling at 10 a.m. April 13 on Median Street; a second parade is set for April 14 at 10 a.m. Swap Meet and Rusty Roots shopping will also be open until 3 p.m. April 14.

In addition to antique tractors, trucks and engines, attendees can look forward to good old-fashioned family fun, including an antique auction on April 13, milk chugging and pie-eating contest, a kid’s area and tractor driving. Tickets are $5 per day and children under 6 get in free. Retired and active military get in free with valid I.D. For a full schedule of events and attractions, visit www.antiquefarmshow.org.

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