Pa­rade of Power

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Randy Moll rmoll@nwadg.com

Makayla Hen­son, a stu­dent at Rogers Her­itage High School, takes a trac­tor-driv­ing les­son from Glenn Smith, pres­i­dent of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks, and drove with him in the noon Pa­rade of Power on one of his dual-seat and dual-con­trol Far­mall trac­tors dur­ing the open­ing day of the fall show of the Tired Iron club on Sept. 8.

GEN­TRY — Last week­end was the 26th an­nual fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks. And, once again, the show of­fered the op­por­tu­nity for young and old to see and learn about ru­ral farm life in north­west Arkansas in the late 1800s and early 1900s by dis­play­ing old trac­tors, en­gines, farm im­ple­ments and house­hold ma­chines and gad­gets which were com­monly used as a part of ev­ery­day life in the re­gion.

A bus­load of stu­dents from Rogers Her­itage High School took ad­van­tage of the learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on Fri­day. The stu­dents toured the dis­plays and ex­hibits, watched demon­stra­tions, made rope, and some even learned to drive a trac­tor.

Fea­tures of the show in­cluded rows of old trac­tors, a pa­rade of power each day at noon, work­ing saw mills, a black­smith shop with demon­stra­tions by mem­bers of the Black­smith Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Arkansas, old en­gines used for a va­ri­ety of func­tions on the farm and in the home, a log cabin with fur­nish­ings of the era and driver’s ed­u­ca­tion trac­tors equipped with two seats and two sets of con­trols to al­low new trac­tor driv­ers to safely learn the art while seated next to an ex­pe­ri­enced driver.

The show opened Fri­day and con­tin­ued through Sun­day af­ter­noon at the club’s show grounds, lo­cated at 13344 Tay­lor Or­chard Road, be­tween Gen­try and Siloam Springs.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks is a club ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion of an­tique en­gines and trac­tors. For more in­for­ma­tion about the club or its shows, visit the club’s web­site at www. tiredironoftheozarks.org.

Photo by Randy Moll

Photo by Randy Moll

Larry Keaton and Ken­neth Chris­ter­son of An­der­son, Mo., are in­volved in trac­tor talk at the fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Sept. 8. The fea­tured trac­tor at this year’s show was the John Deere and there were plenty of the old trac­tors to show off. The an­tique engine and trac­tor show ran through Sun­day.

Photo by Randy Moll

Tan­ner Sjo of Siloam Springs works in the black­smith’s shop at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks’ fall show on Sept. 8. He was mak­ing var­i­ous house­hold items at the show.

Dreama O’Neal, 16 and a stu­dent at Rogers Her­itage High School, sits on a trac­tor-sized tri­cy­cle at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks’ fall show in Gen­try on Sept. 8. Dreama and a group of class­mates vis­ited the show.

Photo by Randy Moll Photo by Randy Moll

This an­tique Case trac­tor owned by Don and Irene Gil­bert was one of many in the Pa­rade of Power at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks’ fall show on Sept. 8.

Photo by Randy Moll

Lee Allen, 3, gets a les­son in sewing from Deanne Tucker at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks’ fall show in Gen­try on Sept. 8.

Photo by Randy Moll

Peggy Fletcher of Kansas, Okla., gives a ride to vis­i­tors at the fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks in Gen­try on Sept. 8. A group of Rogers Her­itage stu­dents are rid­ing in the photo.

Photo by Randy Moll

Hai­ley Hod­son, 10, takes a trac­tor-driv­ing les­son from Glenn Smith, pres­i­dent of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks, on one of his dual-seat and dual-con­trol Far­mall trac­tors dur­ing the open­ing day of the fall show of the Tired Iron club on Sept. 8.

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