The sixth annual Hopkinsville Antique Tractor and Engine Show will roll on Saturday despite the pandemic but with scaled back festivities and plenty of room to show off the machines.

The show starts at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and tractor pulls start at 6 p.m. Friday on Shawnee Drive in the Cherokee Park neighborhood.

Husband and wife event organizers Howard and Christy Jones said they had to eliminate many of the usual festivities in order to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

“We’re not doing the barrel train because we can’t keep it wiped down after each child rides,” Howard said.

“We usually have apple cider and tables where folks can eat, but this year we’ll just have the tractors and old cars and trucks,” Christy said.

There will be a homemade ice cream vendor and arts and crafts.

The duo and their volunteer team didn’t get to fund raise like years past, so they won’t be donating to a local nonprofit this year.

Howard Jones explained that the tractor show started in 2015 as a fundraiser for Hopkinsville Police Department to get body cameras after he presented the idea to the department.

“We donated $500 that first year,” Jones said. “But they had already gotten the money for the body cameras, so they asked if they could donate it to the Pennyroyal Children’s Advocacy (Center).”

Over the next few years, Jones said they donated $7,000 to children’s advocacy, a nonprofit that provides therapy and other services to children who have experienced abuse.

In 2017, the tractor show donated $2,000 to TRACE Industries and in 2018 and 2019 funds went to the high school FFA programs, he noted.

Although they can’t do the show how they have in the past, the Jones said they hope people still come out for a good time.

“Last year it was filled,” Howard Jones said, noting that 80 people participated in the tractor pull and there were 91 lawn and garden tractors. “They were bringing (tractors) from everywhere.”

This year, Howard said he doesn’t know how many to expect, but the event was advertised in several niche tractor magazines.

“There is usually a thousand tractor shows a year, but this year all of them are canceled,” Howard said.

As he and his team set up Thursday afternoon, a few people pulled in with their campers and trailers ready to show off their wares.

The Downs came from Festus, Missouri.

“It was about a four-hour drive,” said Keith Downs, as his wife hopped out of the truck. “We’ve been going to these for a few years, and we always look forward to it.”

Entry to the event is free of charge and open to families. Everyone is asked to wear a mask or practice social distancing if they don’t.

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