Family Fun

Ripley County farm show offers
more than just tractors

Many events available for families
and children of all ages

OSGOOD, Ind. (June 2018) – From hit-n-miss engines to “Horsepower” nights. The southeastern Indiana F.A.R.M. club’s antique machinery show will have something for everyone. It is an opportunity to set in for the weekend, grab some ice cream, look at machinery tells a story of progress throughout the decades and then, cheer for your favorite trucks and tractors from the grand stand.
Environments that allow multiple generations to connect and converse at the same time have become rare. It is noticeable that this is one reason that many people enjoy this event so well.
The 22nd Annual F.A.R.M. Club Antique Machinery Show will begin on Thursday, June 23 and run through Saturday, June 23. There will be antique tractors and farm machinery on display. There will also be a host of motorsports throughout the event. The “Battle of the Bluegrass” pulling series will be at the grandstand at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. General show admission is $3. Camping is available on the grounds for various prices.
Club president Bob Voegle said he enjoys the tractors from his childhood and love to share the stories of thrashing corn as a kid. It is an opportunity to be a part of a community that can appreciate the memories of their childhood. It is also an opportunity to educate the next generation of the past, in an experiential manner. There is a gap that can be bridged through the mediums of machinery and story.
Although the eight John Deeres, one Cub Cadet and one Ford tractors were interesting to talk about, Voegle seemed extremely excited about the Indiana Built Tractors that will be at the show. There will also be various food vendors, a parts consignment shop and thrashing demonstration. Most importantly, it’s the community and conversation that makes the weekend so great! The opportunity to catch up with old friends and family, seem to be the underlying reason to come to the show.
The speed begins on Thursday night with Southern Indiana dirt drags. The grandstand events promise to be exciting and loud. There will also be sanctioned truck drag racing with more than  20 classes These events are open to anyone who cares to enter.
For the next two nights, there will be championship points truck, tractor and semi pulls, as a part of the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling series.
Something new to the show this year is the opportunity for a truck show-n-shine. This facet of the event will highlight the upgrades and personalization of the diesel truck enthusiast. On Saturday, there will be a space available to come and show off your truck and check out other people’s trucks. There will be upgrades from suspension to paint to engine modifications.
The show organizer, Chuck Heck, said he remembers when there were only a handful of tractors at the first show in the area in Aurora, Ind., 22 years ago. He has seen this event grow into a weekend filled with more than 200 tractors, 30 hit-n-miss engines, 30 garden tractors and various pieces of farm implement. As one of the first people to show tractors in this area, Heck is excited for the growth and progress of the show this year.
With a 300-family membership, the F.A.R.M. club seems to value family and friendship. It is an environment where dad and son can walk and talk and an environment where grand fathers can share stories from their childhood with their grandsons. It is an environment where kids can choose the truck they are rooting for and scream at the top of their lungs. It’s the smell of dirt and diesel. It’s the sound of Johnny Poppers and whistling turbos. It’s the taste of ice cream and fair food. It’s a perfect balance of education and excitement.

• For more information, visit the website www.farmclubonline.com.

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