The PurpleHull Pea
Festival's Antique Tractor Show & Competition brings back memories for
The PurpleHull Pea Festival
Show & Competition
It took over for the mule.
Great invention, the tractor.
It would transform our area, and the world.
Now some of those earliest,
original machines are being preserved by local citizens who proudly put
them on display at the PurpleHull Pea Festival.
Come and see the festival's
Antique Tractor and Engine Show. Look and admire these works of
art - these iron horses of the field.
The Antique Tractor and Engine Show joined the PurpleHull Pea Festival
several years ago. It has grown from a few participants to over
In 2009, for the first time, the tractors joined the tillers on the
track for some playtime.
Tractors competed in a very different kind of race from that of the
The Slow Race tests the ability of the engine and operator to keep the
tractor running, but as slowly as possible. In 2009, "Doc" Ward
took first place on his 1954 John Deere Model 40.
In the Barrel Push competition, drivers must maneuver a barrel down the
track using the tractor to keep it in line. Sounds easy.
Several drivers thought so, too. But reality is sometimes brutal.
Zachary Ritzell smoked the competition on his 1948 John Deere Model B.
At the 2009 competition, The Oldest Tractor award went to Bill Lee for
his 1936 Farmall Model F12.
The Fartherest Distance award was won by Ken West from Sheridan,
Daymon Davis was awarded for having the most tractors present.
Finally, the Peoples Choice award went to Lamar Smith for his 1959 John
Deere Model 430.
This year promises to be even more eventful for our tractors. We
are adding a tractor pull and other crowd-pleasing events.
Interested in attending? Interested in bringing your tractor?
Contact Joe Ward at (870) 949-0762 or email him at
Come see our farming champions at work!