Spring Farm Fest returns to Maggie Valley

Jun 02, 2014
Photo by: file photo Damon Swanger and his son, Hayden, pictured on a tractor at Spring Farm Fest.

The 19th annual Spring Farm Fest, hosted by the Ole Smoky Antique Tractor & Engine Association. Will be held June 6 through June 8 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

The free event will feature antique tractors, farm equipment, demonstrations, flea market and crafts, bluegrass music, cloggers and more.

Gates will open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A “Parade of Power” will be held at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Concessions will be available and children will have the opportunity to ride a kids’ tractor train.

On Saturday, live bands and cloggers will be entertaining the crowd from 4 to 6 p.m. and free wagon rides will be offered.

On Sunday, a worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m. and all the displays will still be set up for all to see.

The event is free but donations will be accepted to benefit the Ole Smoky Antique Tractor & Engine Association.

Gus Ledford started the tractor club and the festival in 1995. Ledford passed away several years ago but the current members have kept the event going strong over the years. The event isn’t just for the tractor club members though — it’s for anyone interested in learning about Haywood County’s history.

Some of the tractors that will be on display date back to the 1920s. One of the most popular features is the hit-and-miss engine, which make a loud and dramatic popping noise when they run.

This year, the tractor club will be raffling off a John Deere 720 pedal tractor.  The drawing will be held at our Spring Farm Fest, on June 8. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

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