Spirit of Traverse City attracts people from around the nation
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:00:04 GMT —
More than 1,000 antique tractors from all over the country and Canada will be in Wexford County this weekend for the 47th Annual Buckley Old Engine Show.
The village of Buckley will go back to the early 1900's era.
Conductors are setting up shop and visitors from all over are camping out and getting ready for the event.
There will be a flea market, an old-fashioned downtown with a general store, food, and even tractors that were once owned by Henry Ford.
It's a family event that centers around the tractor.
"Our slogan is 'history in motion', Jim Luper, who works with the Old Engine Public Relations, said. "You're not only going to see the tractor, you're going to see how they were used, you're going to see plowing with the steam tractor, diesel tractors tractors running the sawmill...you're going to see all kinds of working exhibits."
The big attraction at the Old Engine Show is a mini train, a replica of the Spirit of Traverse City.
Volunteers spent the whole summer building a track, a custom caboose, and even a trestle over the tracks.
There will be free rides on the Spirit of Traverse City all weekend long.
"Expect to have a good time," Jim Severley, Head Engineer of the Spirit of Traverse City, said. "It's about 2,000 (feet) of railroad track. We got a trestle to go through and curb."
Even though the train is small, people of all ages are encouraged to take a ride.
"I think people will have a real good time, giving them a good ride and making them happy," Severley said.
The show starts Thursday and ends Sunday. Gates open at 7 a.m. And close at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and kids 15 and under get in for free.