A former tradition will be revived Saturday when the South Salem Days Antique Tractor and Equipment Show is sponsored by the Paint Valley Antique Machinery Club.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in South Salem.
Club member Jim Mick said a similar show used to be held in South Salem by a Greenfield area antique tractor club, but it was dropped a few years ago.
“It’s going to be a down home show,” Mick said. “Floyd (Storts) and I both live here and I always thought it was my favorite place to have a show. Historically, it’s always been a nice, profitable show. We haven’t had one out here in a long time and with us being in a Ross County club now, we thought we’d try it again and see how it goes.”
The show will be centered at the South Salem Academy. There will be tractor games, a flea market, pedal tractor pulls, food including biscuits and gravy and pork tenderloin, a parade, barrel train ride, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more. The South Salem Academy, a school building built in 1842 that now serves as a museum, will be open.
There is a small fee for those wanting to set up for the flea market.
Mick said this will be the first of several shows the club has scheduled this year. There will be a show with the Bainbridge Historical Society on June 18 on North Maple Street in Bainbridge, the Paint Valley Antique Machinery Club Summer Show July 29-30 at 12943 U.S. Route 50 in Bourneville, and the club’s fall show at the Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge on Oct. 14-16. Mick said the club also is planning events this year at a Bainbridge hardware store and TSC in Washington C.H.
Mick said it’s nice to know businesses and others like having the club around.
“Were in the community to help the community and if we can help somebody, let’s try to do it,” he said.
The club is composed of people ages preteens to their 90s and has about as many female and young members as it does other club members, Mick said. It meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Bainbridge Methodist Church.
For more information call Storts at 937-981-2393 or Mick at 937-981-3242.
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