Parade of Power
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.