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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • 20th annual MCATIA show set for next week

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  • The Murray County Antique Tractor and Implement Assoc. is gearing up for its 20th annual show set for Sept. 20-23.
    The show has, in the past, received the Governor's Conference on Tourism Red Bud Merit Award and was recognized as one of the state's outstanding events.
    The show annually draws exhibitors and visitors from all over Oklahoma and other states such as Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Arizona, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois and Mississippi.
    The show starts off Sept. 20 morning when several hundred area school children, along with their teachers, parents and sponsors watch a wide variety of activities that were common more than a half century ago. Few of them have never seen such things as wheat threshing, corn shelling and grinding, rock crushing, wood sawmill, blacksmithing and a mill pond complete with a large waterwheel. Many activities are hands on such as hand water pumps, corn shelling and drilling holes in wooden boards with an old time brace and bit. Rides on a 1918 era steam traction engine will also be available.
    Other attractions include vintage farm tractors, small gas engines, tractor games, kiddy tractor pulls and a tractor rodeo on Saturday evening. Arts and crafts, a farm related swap meet, vintage trucks and a consignment auction on Friday evening will also be featured.
    A branch of the Sulphur Post Office will be open on the grounds on Friday and Saturday. Mail sent from there will carry the official MCATIA Station cancellation stamp.
    A restored gas station, complete with antique pumps, a frontier jail, woodshop complete with miniature woodworking tools and a museum will be open for viewing.
    Sunday activities include a gospel singing that morning at the grounds' chapel. Pan sled pulls for the full sized tractors will follow.
    The MCATIA show grounds are located seven miles north of Sulphur on Hwy 177, then 3/4 mile east on Tractor Road.
    Admission is $3 per person, with those under 16 and over 60 admitted free.
    Visit www.arbuckletourism.com/mcatia/home.htm with any questions.
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