Photos from Show Season 2006

Readers capture one-of-a-kind moments on the 2006 show circuit.

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Tractor rides are a great way to enjoy old iron, and the River Valley show at Mapleton, Ill., added one to its show in August 2006. More than two dozen antique tractors followed a 17-mile course, including this scenic stretch between Mapleton and Glasford, Ill. Photo by Bob Hunnicutt, Washington, Ill.

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Ever seen old iron act like a magnet? It does … just watch it pull out cameras! Parades, equipment demonstrations and particularly fine restorations seem to yank cameras out of pockets, backpacks and handbags as fans and photogs capture relics of the past for posterity.

Several months ago, we put out the appeal: Send us your best shots from the 2006 show season. In this issue, we publish the fruits of your labors. These are our favorite photographs from the dozens submitted. They show the hard work, resourcefulness and plain old-fashioned fun surrounding antique farm equipment. They also show the immense diversity of this hobby: Look for enthusiasts young and old, equipment big and small, treasures restored and original.

To all who submitted photographs, thanks for giving us a fresh new perspective on old iron!