Antique Equipment Show Begins In Stockton, Continues Through Sunday

STOCKTON – Visit the Stockton Antique Farm Equipment Show this weekend and see more than a tractor pull. Located at 4578 Cemetery Road off Route 380, the show lasts until Sunday.

The event features the White family of tractors with new and enlarged displays. A quilt show has been added to the list of events and there are already more than 20 on exhibit. Anyone can display their quilt, new or old.

“It’s really a nice variety,” said Joan Nobles, coordinator of the display.

Some of this weekend’s events include kiddie tractor pulls, sawmill demonstrations, tractor parades, antique household items, shingle making, log splitting, a flea market, silent auction and chicken barbecues on both days.

Many live demonstrations are taking place. Professional blacksmith Mitch Fitzgibbon and his assistant Ryan Laurie are presenting interactive knowledge of their blacksmith skills. Fitzgibbon practiced the craft for 38 years and has much information to share.

In the antique printing press building, Ron Maggs, whose family has been in printing for many years, has several on display. The machines range from an early 1900s hand press to a belt-operated machine donated by the Maggs family.

The largest collection of electrical powerline insulators in Chautauqua County is on display in the same building where gun collector Gerald Nelson is showing off his collection of over 40 antique sporting arms made locally. Nelson, who has been collecting for more than 40 years, is showing them for the last time.

A church service will take place on Sunday morning at 8:30 with a parade at 11. The silent auction ends at noon followed by a tractor pull at 1 p.m. Gates close at 4 p.m.

“Special features make our show unusual and unique,” said Norm Carlson, one of the coordinators. Carlson also noted that the purpose of the event is to solicit people to bring out equipment.

Tickets are $5 for adults. Children under 14 are free. There is primitive camping for exhibitors and free parking.

For more information call president Ray Bulger at 595-3485 or Barb Wise at 988-3616.

The equipment show is sponsored by Richard Feinen’s Fruit Stand, Z&M Ag and Turf, Larry Romance & Son, Inc., Jim Turner Sales, Busti Apple Harvest Festival, Fredrickson Builders Supply, Cassadaga Edge & Engine, Storer’s Container Service, Double A Vineyards Inc., John Wiggers & Son, Arkwright Printing Co., Denison Enterprises, Cassadaga Kwik Fill & King Kone, Eastern States Metal Roofing, Tamcar Tractor Parts, Home Base Products, Pompender’s Auto, Farnham’s Septic, and LaPorte Farm Equipment, Inc.