Great turnout this year to the Old Engine and Tractor Show at the Three Forks Historical Center in Beattyville, KY. The museum committee tried something new this year by having the show start on Friday night and bring in an actor from Kentucky Humanities. Daniel Boone was set to perform at the gazebo outside but a quick change of plans moved him inside the museum and out of the torrential downpour that hit that evening. Several volunteers pitched in to set up rows of chairs and an amazing crowd came in out of the rain to experience the lecture. Daniel Boone was amazing as the time was set after his exploring days when he had settled in to running an inn and store. He told about his adventures and hardships. It was a great opportunity for the youth in the room to learn more about the man that was Daniel Boone and not just an impersonal paragraph out of their school textbooks. After the performance the evening transitioned to indoor bluegrass music and outdoor hotdog and marshmallow roasting.
On Saturday of the event old engines and tractors came early to park and display their equipment. Vendors came and set up booths and there was also a rock painting station for kids and families to paint rocks to place in the new museum flowerbeds. The Tractor Parade through downtown Beattyville began at 3pm followed by the fish fry at 4pm. Below is a walkthrough video of the museum grounds and the parade.
Photos and Videos
This year will be the 14th Annual Three Forks Old Engine, Tractor Show & Fish Fry. It will be hosted at the Three Forks Historical Center on HWY 11 North, Beattyville, KY. The events kick off on Friday night, August 9th. Registration will begin at 6pm and participants are welcome to bring their tractors and camp out all night on the Museum property. Also new to the festival this year will be a visit by Daniel Boone at 7pm. This presentation of Daniel Boone is made possible by Kentucky Humanities. There will be storytelling, hotdogs and s'mores around the campfire that night along with pickin' and grinn'. Everyone is welcome to bring their instruments and participate.
All day Saturday, August 10th, 2019 there will be a display of old tractors and engines. Registration starts at 10am. The first 25 engines to register will receive a dash plaque. The show will go on throughout the day with participants parading their antique tractors down Main Street at 3 p.m. Kids can enjoy a paint rock station under the picnic shelter and once their masterpieces are complete, they can place their rocks in the museum flowerbeds or take them home.
The fish fry will follow at 4pm. The meal will consists of fried fish, hushpuppies, cole slaw, baked beans, desert and drink. The cost will be $8.00. Children 6 and under eat free. Browse though artisans and crafters as they work their trade onsite! Come out and support the museum.
The Museum would like to add demonstrations of some of the skills that were important to our forefathers and reflect life on the early homesteads such as splitting wooden shingles or flint knapping. If you would like to set up and demonstrate some of the early arts and crafts at this show, give us a call at (606) 464-2888.
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Museum Board Members
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Edna G. Crabtree
Everett Lee Marshall