Crossroads of Dixie Show Going Strong

The Crossroads of Dixie show in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., celebrated its 11 annual show in 2007. Editor Leslie C. McManus shares some of the tractors seen on site.

| January 2008

In the world of antique tractor shows, the event put on by the Crossroads of Dixie Club is still a whippersnapper. But youth sometimes trumps experience, and this show is a fine example of that.

Held at Lawrenceburg in extreme south-central Tennessee, the Crossroads of Dixie show celebrated its 11th anniversary in August 2007. Nearly 1,000 tractors from all over the southeast congregated at the Rotary Park and visitors swarmed over the display. But bucking the trend at many shows, the Crossroads club downsized its event last summer.

"We put three days into two days," says Crossroads club President Russell Counce. "Those days were plum full, but we liked it a whole lot better." More than 300 tractors were featured in pulls both nights, and tractor games filled in the gaps.

The show has grown quickly. "Our first show, 11 years ago, cost $1,200 to put on," Russell recalls. "People were kind of sniggering and laughing when we said were going to put on a tractor show in Lawrenceburg. I said 'you just watch.' After the first one, they all wanted on the bandwagon."

Some 200 tractors showed up for the first show, a one-day display at the city park. The next year, the club added a tractor pull and 400 tractors came in. The next year, the show stretched to a second day, and exhibitors brought 800 tractors. It's grown like topsy ever since.

H.A. Threet, one of the event's founding fathers, said a friendly, down-home atmosphere sets the Crossroads of Dixie show apart. "At that first show 11 years ago, I shook the hand of every person who drove a trailer through that gate," he says. "People have made this show what it is today."