Elmore ready to show off antique tractors, BBQ

Published 10:58am Saturday, May 10, 2014

The smell of barbecue and the roar of tractors will engulf the Town of Elmore on May 17 as the Elmore Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 13th annual Antique Tractor Show and Pull and its ninth annual barbecue cook-off. 

And it’s not too late to enter this year’s barbecue cook-off, according to Bart Mercer, a member of the fire department administrative board.

“The deadline to enter the barbecue is May 14,” he said. “The deadline to compete in the dessert category is the day of the cook-off prior to the 11 a.m. turn-in time.”

In addition to the cook-off, the annual show will feature tractor races, equipment displays, children’s pedal tractor race, concessions, farming demonstrations, vendors, a tractor parade, a petting zoo, a swap meet, hay baling, a grist mill and plowing.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Elmore VFD.

“This is the department’s biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Mercer. “It is a family event and attracts thousands of people each year. The Elmore community and surrounding areas really support it and we appreciate that.”

He noted that it is a Southern Antique Iron Association event, and participants come from several states.

“Our show has built a reputation with those who are interested in the hobby,” he said.

Gates will open the day of the event at 7 a.m. Opening ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. and the Parade of Power at 12 p.m.

For the barbecue portion of activities, teams can set up May 16. Cook-off categories are chicken, pork spare ribs, beef brisket and Boston butts. The contest is for amateurs and is not a sanctioned event. Typically 10-20 teams participate in the competition.

Admission is a donation to the fire department. The event is held at 301 Politic Road in Elmore.

For information on the tractor show and pull, contact Tony Martin at 334-285-3810 or w900a@bellsouth.net. For vendor or barbecue information, call Mercer at 334-478-0711 or 334-514-5988 or email tractorshow@elmorefd.org. Information and entry forms are also available online at www.alabamaantiquetractorshow.com.

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