By Ashley Rader
The countryside of west Carter County will roar to life with the sounds of history this weekend when the 42nd Antique Engine and Tractor Show fires up June 6, 7 and 8 at 2045 Sciota Road.
The show, hosted by the East Tennessee Antique Engine Association, will feature between 100 and 250 antique engines from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Association Board member and show founder Geoff Hutchings said the show would feature gas, steam and diesel engines.
There will also be different historical engines as well as engines of all sizes, from one horsepower to a 120-horsepower Fairbanks diesel engine.
The show is held on Hutchings’ farmland, which he leases to the association for the show. He helped to found the show in 1971 with association member Ben Fox.
“About 50 years ago, I got interested in antique engines,” Hutchings said. “I started collecting them. Others became interested in them and it just grew from there.”
The featured engines for the show will be those made by Stover Engine Company. Hutchings explained that each year the association chooses a different engine company to be the featured manufacturer for the show.
“There are hundreds of engine manufacturers,” he said. “We feature a different one each year.”