DOVER -- Remembering the historical farming methods and machinery of this country is important to so many people and teaching our children by showing them first hand is even more important than any history book can teach.
That is one of the goals of the Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Power Association.
By using live displays, spectators can experience first hand the power of turn of the century farming equipment as they watch sawmill, shingle mills, threshing, and baling displays operated by our members. You can talk with owners and operators of equipment to learn more about the history of what we are actively displaying. There will be steam traction engines steamed up and working the farming equipment. All steam engines have been state inspected and all operators have an Ohio boilers license. They have members who are not only new each year to the organization, but those families that have been apart of sharing this hobby for generations. They want to bring this history, and the fun we share to the community to learn and enjoy as well!
This year is the TVPPA's 53rd annual show and they are featuring Vintage Iron -- any tractor or garden tractor manufactured between 1959-1980. They also enjoy working their equipment by featured events like our Antique Tractor Pull on Saturday night, with weigh-in starting at 3 p.m. and the pull starting at 5 p.m. A $10 hook fee is available. And the new event on Friday night is the Garden Tractor Pull with weigh-in starting at 4 p.m. and the pull starting at 6 p.m. A $5 hook fee is available.
On Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., they feature the popular pedal tractor pull and this is a fun event for the whole family. There are pedal tractors large and small, so the kids and actually enjoy watching mom and dad compete as well! Along with the pedal tractor pull, we have other activities for the kids to enjoy each day, like the corn pit (instead of sandbox) and a fire truck on display Saturday for kids to explore. The show will also include antique cars and trucks, a flea market, arts and crafts, and good food to enjoy on the grounds.
The show will take place at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds - just off of I-77 in Dover, the weekend of August 19-20- 21. There is a $5 Admission and 12 and under are free.
The TVPPA is a non-profit organization focused on educating the public about the history of farming and machinery of a bygone era of American History. They welcome anyone who wants to share in the hobby, whether you need an excuse for a weekend to show off and enjoy your own equipment or you want to help the TVPPA run the show and help work the sawmill or threshing and baling, all are welcome! All exhibitors must be members to participate.