ELNORA — The White River Valley Antique Association and the Daviess County Fair Grounds will come to life beginning Thursday when the 35th edition of the antique show opens.
Bill Bays, president of the antique association, said this year the show will feature Co-op, Cockshutt, Leader Tractors and New Holland Gas Engines.
In addition to the hundreds of tractors and vintage trucks on display, Bays said show goers will have a chance to check out several demonstrations.
“We’ll have a 1934 John Deere combine with a 12-foot head that we will be using to combine some beans, weather permitting, we planted behind the consignment building,” he said, adding the combine was also on hand last year.
Bays said more than likely those beans will be harvested with the old John Deere on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Other demonstrations taking place throughout the show that closes on Sunday include the saw mill, threshing, baling, the smokehouse, field demonstrations, the machine shop, the water-powered grist mill, wood shop, working loom, blacksmith, horse plowing and more.
“We have increased the size of the wood shop and added some additional equipment,” said Bays. “That’s going to be changing even more over the next year. We’ve also increased the size of the machine shop.”
Last year, Bays said creating the hardware store freed up some space to expand the wood shop and machine shop.
Volunteers will also be making cider, apple butter, lye soap, hand-dipped candles, ice cream, root beer, sorghum and ham and beans on-site.
Vendors selling everything from food items and antiques to arts and crafts will also fill the grounds.
“We have over quadrupled the number of vendors in the Homespun Handcrafters Market this year,” said Bays, who said admission to the show is $5 per day and children age 12 and under are admitted free. “We have between 125 and 150 flea market vendors on the grounds too. There’s really something for everyone.”
The Homespun Handmakers Market was started by Bays’ wife, Susan, three years ago.
“We have 19 vendors participating this year,” said Susan Bays. “Every single thing is handmade.”
While the vendors, demonstrations and displays will be open daily, there are also a few special events taking place during the show.
Thursday at 1 p.m., the wagon train will leave the Odon Park and head to the grounds, at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m., music will be at the shelter house. A horse pull, with additional $5 admission, will take place at 7 p.m.
Friday’s special events include the tractor pull, with additional $5 admission, free live music will also be at the shelter house at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.
A pet parade will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by music at noon and at 1:45. Children’s peddle pull registration will start at 3 p.m. The tractor games will also be at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m. the Tri-state Garden Tractor Pullers will take over the arena. Admission for the garden tractor pull is $5 with children 12 and under free.
The 1/4 scale pulling tractors have been appearing at the show for the last few years and draw a good crowd.
For those looking for something with a little less horsepower, music will again be in the shelter house at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m.
“At 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, we will be having the tractor parade,” said Bill Bays. “We will be running through the arena and people will have a chance to sit down in the bleachers and watch all the tractors go by.”
Also on Sunday will be a 9 a.m. church service and music at noon. Those attending the concerts are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
For a complete list of events during the antique show visit www.wrvaa.org or find the White River Valley Antique Association on Facebook.