By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The inaugural Antique Tractor Show is set to kick-off at the Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill on Saturday, September 15.
The event already has more than 30 tractors signed up for the show, with event planners anticipating anywhere from 50 to 75 tractors by next Saturday.
“We’re just going to have a show this year where you come sit, look and enjoy seeing the different tractors,” said Gwynne Evans, who sits on the Rippavilla Plantation’s board of directors. “They usually have a parade, they like to drive the tractors around. Rippavilla is 100 acres, so we’re going to try to let them get out and ride around.”
In addition to the parade, other activities are still in the works, such as a hayride for the kids, as well as the usual festival fare such as food trucks and vendors.
Gwynne said that the Rippavilla Plantation used to host a large festival that included a tractor show five years ago, and that he was pleased to be able to bring it back. Talks are already underway for 2019’s Antique Tractor Show, where city officials say it might be incorporated into next year’s Ice Cream Festival.