UNION CITY, Tenn. — The Antique Tractor Show is returning to Discovery Park of America for the fifth year. The event, sponsored by Blue Bank Resort and First Choice Farm & Lawn — Kubota, will be held on Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7.
To accommodate the schedule of those working in agriculture who want to attend, the museum and heritage park will remain open until 8 p.m. Friday. Food trucks, live music and a cash bar will join the tractors on display.
Organizers worked with regional tractor clubs on some of the details of the event.
“Each year we are amazed at the number of incredible tractors that show up for our tractor show,” said Karl Johnson, a director at the park and one of the organizers of the event. “It’s also one of our more popular events, and attendance has grown each year as people tell their friends and family members about it.”
New this year will be a live tractor auction at 11 a.m. Saturday. Discovery Park will auction off two tractors from its collection: a 1948 Allis-Chalmers Model G tractor with 1-disc plow and a 1951 John Deere Model M tractor. The minimum bid on each is $1000.
Other activities throughout the weekend include live music, food trucks and a free special screening of the film “SILO” on Friday.
The popular tractor parade will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday when the tractors participating in the show drive around the park. The Antique Tractor Show will end following the parade, but the park will remain until 4 p.m.
The free screening of the film “SILO” is 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Simmons Bank Ag Center. Tickets must be reserved in advance at www.eventbrite.com.
Inspired by true events, “SILO” follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations.
Sam Goldberg, producer of the film, worked with Discovery Park on a portion of the museum’s latest exhibit “AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival.” To showcase innovative life-saving rescue equipment, Goldberg connected Discovery Park with Turtle Plastics, which donated one of its Turtle Tube Grain Bin Rescue Sleeves for display in the exhibit.
Since 1978, the Agricultural Health and Safety Program at Purdue University in Indiana has documented grain-entrapment incidents. Its National Agricultural Confined Space Incident Database has, as of 2019, records on 1225 reported entrapments from 1964 onward.
“This is a great opportunity for us to share this special film that spotlights an important issue in agriculture,” Johnson said. “I can’t think of a better place to experience it than in our exhibit on innovation in agriculture during our annual tractor show.”
Discovery Park’s free screening of “SILO” is hosted by Tennessee Farm Bureau, U.T. Agrability and the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads. There will be a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres.
Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, Tennessee. For more information, visit discoveryparkofamerica.com.