Annual show pays homage to agricultural history

Published 5:13 pm Friday, May 19, 2017

CHOCOWINITY — Each spring, members of the Eastern Antique Power Association and their friends sponsor a free farm show as part of the club’s efforts to keep the agricultural legacy of Beaufort County alive.

Last weekend’s show, hosted by Stanley and Linda Hudson at their home and shop in Chocowinity, was another success.

Among those on hand was honorary club member Danny Radcliff, who brought along the replica he created of a 1932 Ford Roadster. He built the vehicle from the ground up, using an assortment of parts including a tractor engine, lawn mower steering assembly and tractor headlights. Radcliff said the project took about three months to complete and it is a popular addition to shows and parades.

Nearby, Steve Karle showed off the 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 he is restoring with his brother, David Karle. The Chocowinity show marked the car’s debut.

“We found it parked under a shelter about a year ago,” Steve Karle recalled. “It hadn’t been driven for 10 years, but it was in pretty good shape. We had to buff and polish the paint, which is original, and we rebuilt the engine and transmission.”

Rear panels on the passenger side of the car show evidence of an accident, but the Karle brothers are making that their next step in the restoration process.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Stanley Hudson, who hosts the show each year, is currently restoring a 1958 Farmall 130 owned by Oscar Woolard of Washington.

Those attending the fair were treated to several works in progress, including the restoration of a Gilbarco Model 900 gas pump from 1950. The pump was donated by new club president Johnny Moore and tickets are being sold for a drawing once the restoration is complete.

Another project is a 1958 Farmall tractor being restored by Stanley Hudson with assistance from fellow farm enthusiasts.

“It was very worn. … It was used on the farm quite a bit,” Hudson said of the tractor, which is owned by Oscar Woolard of Washington. “I’ve been working on it off and on for a year. There was a lot of sheet metal damage.”

Along with viewing the various displays, those attending the farm show enjoyed a tractor parade of power, pedal tractor races for children, an auction and craft sale, slowest tractor race, food and live bluegrass music.

Proceeds from the spring show are used to finance a second show held each fall for area special needs citizens, their families and caregivers, according to Hudson.

SHOWPIECE: This 1908 International Harvester engine owned by Jesse and Juanita Tripp of Blounts Creek is usually one of the oldest exhibition pieces in the show.