Steam engines, antique tractors take viewers back in time

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CUMMING, Ga. — When it comes to steam engines and antique tractors, the Cumming Fairgrounds have hosted and taken people back in time for the last 11 years.

On Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10, the Cumming Steam Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition had a huge crowd of enthusiasts admire nearly 400 tractors and steam engine machines.

“Everyone is proud of their tractors; we don’t want to say one is better than the other,” said Michael Moore, the event organizer with Antique Power Association of Cumming.

“Right now, we’re trying to raise money just for our club with this event,” Moore said. “Once we have enough and don’t have to worry about our club anymore, we hope to start donating to [Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at] Scottish Rite.”

Moore, who is also an owner of a steam engine, said it’s very expensive to keep these machines in nice shape and running.

“Lots of money, but the most important things are time and love that you have to put in,” Moore said.

The exposition has grown since it started in 2001. There were other exhibits that drew the crowds, including a cotton gin, saw mill, shingle mill and baker fan.

Randall and Beth Ingram’s 1950 Ford 8N tractor was one of the standouts at the event.

As a show tractor, it doesn’t go through daily use and is usually indoors and kept covered.

“We wash it, polish it and take care of it just like you would a car,” said Beth Ingram, “so that we can enter it into as many local shows as we possibly can.”