Old Iron set to fire up
By RANDY GONZALES
The fourth annual Carrico Old Iron Classic, an antique tractor machinery show, is scheduled for Sept. 7 at Carrico Implement, 300 W. 48th.
"Every year, we add a little more to it," event coordinator Cindy Eichman said. "We're trying to get a swap meet going this year. If anybody has some stuff, this would be a good time, great place to meet people with antique machinery, and a good place to find what you're looking for. Or, if you got something to sell, go ahead and sell it."
Eichman also would like to see something new at the show this year.
"We're hoping maybe we can get somebody with some horse-drawn equipment up here," she said.
All types of machinery are eligible for the show.
"It is a true tractor show; it is opened up to anything," Eichman said. "We are a John Deere dealership, but you can bring a Case, or you can bring a Ford, whatever you want.
"The judges have nothing to do with Carrico. The judging is fair; no Carrico employees have anything to do with who our winners are."
Trophies are given out to award winners in several categories, including the people's choice award.
The show started as a way to connect with people involved in agriculture.
"We're an implement dealership, and we're always looking for community events that pertain to agriculture," Eichman said. "We thought what's the most perfect way, just start a tractor show."
The show starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Among the scheduled events are a kids' tractor pedal pull at 11 a.m., a parade at the dealership at 2:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
"It's a fun event," Eichman said. "You get the older generation talking to the younger generation, listening to the stories."