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TODAY! 15th Annual Tractor Show at Garrison Construction Co.

This year is a milestone year, with all the traditional offerings plus a wide array of foods, including authentic Cajun food by team of Louisianans, gourmet coffee service, barbecue, and mandatory Fair Food traditionals lemonade and funnel cakes. Besides the events and exhibits, there will be independent vendors of products as well.

By Ed Waggener

Lewis Garrison's 15th Annual Russell Creek Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show officially opens at 10amCT this morning, Saturday, June 18, 2011, but already the grounds are filled with tractors, vendors and exhibits.

Admission is free. Visitors can come and go as they like.

The event is held on huge campus of Garrison Construction Co., located 7 miles north of Columbia on KY 61 between Columbia and Greenburg, KY.

The show, one of the major festivals in Adair County, will feature the usual events with a greatly improved balance of fair food. Vendors this year will include:
  • Michelle Bryant who will have funnel cakes and other treats
  • Cafe on the Square with coffee and treats catered by the Downtown Columbia restaurant
  • Cajun food, with Jambalaya cooked by the Louisiana team of Joey and Debbie Quebedeaux, Jack and Mary Stung, and Frank Thelma Machelli.
  • Doug Campbell with his barbecue stand
  • Little League baseball lemonade
The show has well over 100 tractors on display. A record year, maybe not up to the record year in 2005, after the show was featured on RFD Tv, when 140 tractors arrived, but Mr. Garrison expects a very large number this year.

This year, there will be new memorials on the display barn to two greats of the antique tractor world Johnny Wayne Keltner and Ralph Carter, both of whom passed away during the year. Johnny Wayne Keltner's tractor will be on display and for sale, and some of Ralph Carter's vast collection was purchased by Lewis Garrison during the his estate auction this year.

Traditional events will include the Kiddy Tractor Pull at 1pmCT, and the contests: Slow-go, Egg on Spoon, Barrel Roll, and Ball-in-bucket, which test driver skills. Trophies will be awarded for all the games.

This year, one of the most popular prizes, the People's Choice Award, will again be presented.

While the weather calls for some rain today, the showers will have a benefit, with somewhat lower temperatures expected today.

This story was posted on 2011-06-18 07:49:39
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