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Antique tractor and engine show celebrates 19 years

by Sarah Hauck

Northern Nevada Antique Power Club is at it again with a weekend of nostalgia and family fun.

The 19th annual antique tractor and engine show is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Valley View Ranch, 1000 East Valley Road, Gardnerville.

The club's president, Pat Geary, has hosted the event on his 40 acre home for four years.

"The event gets bigger and bigger every year," Geary said. "The amount of people that participate in the show is incredibly immense."

While not much has changed in the basics of the event, the crowds and participants continues to encourage the club to keep hosting the event.

"People like to see how things worked 50 or 60 years ago," Geary said. "They like to see how far equipment has come. Everything is changing so much nowadays."

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Geary is expecting more than 50 people to participate in the show, tractor pulls and tractor games.

Awards and trophies are given to tractor pull participants as well as the show tractors and engines.

"There is a committee of judges that are members of the board of the Tractor Association," Geary said. "They decide who wins what."

The tractor pulls have grown in popularity in the recent years.

This year's main competition for pulls will be on Saturday.

Valley View Ranch offers an expansive backdrop for the event giving participants and visitors the freedom to explore the western town Geary has built as well as the show's events and exhibits.

A restored stagecoach will be on display and also available for sale.

"The stagecoach was made here in Gardnerville," Geary said. "It's always neat to be able to see a stagecoach."

If looking and exploring is not enough, taking in the tractor show will fill the entertainment void.

"We have a tractor show with four events," Geary said. "One event you have to ride your tractor and and throw a toilet seat around a pin and another event you have to ride your tractor with an egg on a spoon without breaking your egg."

Northern Nevada Antique Power Club restored a 1953 Farm All Super C that they will raffle off as well.

It costs $5 for adults to get into the event and children 12 and younger are free.

A $2 coupon is given to everyone that comes to the event for Valley View Ranch's General Store on the property.

All of the money raised goes back to a charity the club chooses.

"We choose a charity or two that we feel needs the help and donate what we raise to them," Geary said.

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