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Antique tractor show, pull is Friday and Saturday


Jan. 15, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 14, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.

Crossroads residents examine old and new tractors at the 2012 Texas Antique Tractor Show and Pull. The 2013 event takes place Friday and Saturday and offers people not only a look at farm equipment but also  a chance to try their skills in tractor pulls and more.

A hands-on look at farming history - and a chance for Crossroads residents to show off their skills - is on its way to the region.

The Lavaca County Tractor Pullers Association's annual Texas Antique Tractor Show and Pull is Friday and Saturday at Hallettsville's Wilbur Baber Memorial Complex, Farm-to-Market Road 957 at County Road 200.

Now in its seventh year, the event offers a chance to take part in the pull or for a first-hand look at both old and new farm equipment, said Mark Hermes, the show's director.

While some tractors have been restored to better-than-factory condition, others are originals, straight out of the field, he said. Some machinery is so rare it's impressive the equipment is still around.

"Tractors that were only meant to last 10 years are lasting 50 to 100 now," Hermes said. "It's great to see. Very educational."

The event includes vendor booths, a full concession stand and tractor pulls for both adults and children, Hermes said. Tug-a-Tractor, where teams of five men or eight women pull a nonrunning tractor 30 feet to cross the finish line, also joins the mix.

A tractor parade on Saturday offers a look at each of the varieties on display, with a description of the machines as they pass by.

Hermes said the indoor facility means the show will take place, rain or shine.

Admission is $10 but free to those age 12 and under. The hook fee for those participating in the tractor pull is $20.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday, and Hermes said proceeds benefit a variety of Lavaca County charities, such as area 4-H groups.

Hermes said he looks forward to the event, which he expected would bring 1,500 to 2,000 people, including pullers, through the door Saturday.

"This is a fun event. We really want to bring the families out," he said. "We think it's going to be good."

For more information on the upcoming event, visit txtractorpull.com, call 361-772-6671 or email lctpa@yahoo.com.



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