Farmers, families and others can check out a variety of antique tractors, animals and more fun this week at Carson Park in Paducah.
McCracken County FFA Alumni will host the 42nd annual Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show, starting today and ending Saturday evening at Carson Park Fairgrounds, where visitors can enjoy an array of farming equipment, flea market vendors and other family-friendly activities. Admission is $5, but $10 armbands are available, in which visitors can come and go all three days. Children age 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.
Michael Wood, show chairman and agriculture teacher, anticipates around 3,500 people will come out to Carson Park over the three days. The show plans to hold the sixth annual FFA "Fall on the Farm," involving agriculture exhibitors, games and farm animals. It's open to the public.
He estimates about 1,200 students will visit today and Friday for education with animals, precision agriculture and other topics, including a safety presentation from Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation on electricity.
"Our goal is to see the activity preserved for generations to come and to continue allowing the history of agriculture to be explored," Wood said. "While in long-term goals ... we turn this into a total agriculture expo where we're covering new farming activities, as well as the old."
The overall show, held in cooperation with McCracken County Farm Bureau Federation and Purchase Area Antique Tractor Association, features truck and tractor pulls, a parade scheduled for Saturday and lots of food, including breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, along with vendors for deep fried food and more.
"We have a big parade on Saturday at noon and basically, if you can drive it, you can be in the parade," Wood said. "It's predominantly tractors, but we have little kids with lawn mowers and little bitty tractors -- little bit of everything that'll be in the parade."
Gates open at 8 a.m. daily. Anyone interested in joining Saturday's parade can sign up at the announcers stand, according to Wood. Due to road construction, visitors should use the park entrance off 30th Street.
Antique tractor pulls are scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, while kiddie tractor and garden tractor pulls are planned for 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The pulls for two-wheel drive trucks, four-wheel drive trucks and farm stock tractors are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.
The show is a rain or shine event.