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SLIDESHOW: Tractor show and pull continues growing
The Olympic Peninsula Antique Tractor and Engine Association (OPATEA) has been holding their annual Tractor Show/Pull and Swap Meet at the Port Orchard airport each summer for 15 years.
This year, more than 1,600 people attended the two-day event held June 7-8 as the sounds of antique tractor and engines filled the air under sunny skies.
“The crowd was really good for one of our biggest shows yet,” said Pete Britton, OPATEA president. “Great weather makes a lot of difference.”
More than 100 tractors — some traveling as far away as Goldendale and Othello — rolled into the one corner of the airport, according to Britton.
“We knew that we had a lot of spectators when there was no more room in the designated parking field,” said Mike King, event chair.
The event kicked off with a parade of antique tractors.
The tractor pull featured 13 weight classes with a 3- and 6-mph class within each weight class. The pull was not just for men, as several women participated in the competition.
“The tractor pull always brings in a great crowd and this year the antique engine group showed up in full force,” King said.
Vendors displayed lots of old tractor equipment and parts for sale, along with other antique items, such as vintage signs and sewing machines. There also was clothing, caps and jewelry for sale.
“This year the members really went all out and brought lots of toys to have ‘show and tell’ with,” King said.
A section of the area was roped off for “hit-and-miss” stationary engines that once provided power for farms before the construction of the national electrical power grid. The pumps provided farms with ways to pump water, cut wood, grind grain and lift hay bales into barns in rural America in the early 1900s.
There were more engines displayed than in past years.
“The engine display area was full and was backed up into the tractor display area,” said King. “Next year we will plan for all the new growth that has happened to our club and take up a few more acres of land at the airport.”
There also was free train rides — pulled by a small tractor — for children and other events.
For more information about OPATEA, call Britton at 360-479-5799 or visit www.opatea.org.