Antiques & The Arts

First Antique Ag Show a Big Hit

[John Holcomb]
Agriculture has been around since the dawn of time, and of course, since the beginning,
the equipment and technology has come a long way, but with such a separation from ag, many
think the equipment farmers use now is what they always have used, which is why the Georgia
national fairgrounds and agricenter decided to put on their first ever antique ag show. [Philip Gentry – Agriculture & Youth
Director, GNFA] Here at the Ag Center, we do a lot of things. Anything from this weekend, we have a Gypsy
Horse show, we have a Saddlebred Horse Show, we have a rabbit show, and a car event. So, we pride ourselves on being diverse, and
we have never had an antique tractor show. We feel like it’s important. Part of our mission is to promote agriculture
and be a place where people can do business, agriculture. And we felt like it was important for us to
reach back into our history, into our roots, and offer something educational to teach everybody
about the way we used to do it. [John]
The room was filled with antique tractors that collectors brought from all over the
U.S. Each tractor you would look at, the detail
put into restoring them was amazing, which shows just how passionate the collectors are,
especially when some have been collecting them since before they were a teenager. [Danny Norman – Exhibitor]
I bought my first Model A Ford when I was eleven years old and I still have it. And as a result of that, I think it just gave
me a connection with antiquities and I had an interest in tractors. My father had a farm and we were able to have
a little small tractor and it just that, that interest just blossomed. I’m probably not like the typical collector. I have thousands of pieces. I have hundreds of tractors, hundreds of cars,
and that’s not, that’s not normal. And I think you’re better off not to have
that many, but to me I’m a preservationist. I’m trying to preserve some of this stuff
for the future. I’m not trying to hoard it. I’m not trying to corner the market. I just think that there’s an importance in
preserving our history and understanding kind of what sacrifices were made for us to get
where we are today. [John]
In persevering them, he hopes to show younger generations what was once used so that they
can appreciate agriculture’s history. [Danny]
I think we have not the appreciation that we really should for what our forefathers
had to endure to get us where we are. The methods of planting and harvesting are
just literally ride down the road in an automobile. All of the things that advance so much over
the years. And to me it’s important to preserve that
chronology. To be able to say, “This is kind of where
we started and these are the improvements were made and those improvements were made
by man”. [John]
One of the other interesting things at the show was a peanut thrashing, in which they
demonstrated how peanuts where thrashed using equipment that would have been used in the
early nineteen hundreds. Just one more way they were showing how far
we’ve come. [Philip Gentry]
We want to open eyes. We want to make an impact in that if we can
find somebody and create interest in agriculture. So, it may peak some interest in agriculture,
something that they haven’t seen before, because these exhibits have come from all over, from
Florida, from North Carolina, from Minnesota, one from Texarkana. So, these are collections that you don’t see
because they’re hidden in their barns. We’re trying to peak interest. [John]
Reporting in Perry for the Farm Monitor, I’m John Holcomb.

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