18th Annual Tractor Show held at WSCC

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Will Hogue

HANCEVILLE – On Saturday at Wallace State Community College the 18th Annual Hanceville Antique Tractor and Engine Show was held.          

The event, which was coordinated by Bonnie Brannan, was special this year because the Alabama Chapter #23 International Harvester Collectors held their state meeting at the event as well.          

“Today has been very active so far,” Brannan said the day of the event. “It’s nice that we’ve got so much going on, lots for everyone to do.”          

Steve Helms, a notable annual participant of the tractor show, was born and raised in Hanceville.          

“I used to pick cotton here, right here, before any of these buildings were here,” Helms said. “I started off plowing mules, and then my daddy got tractors. And now I have these three tractors, and I bring them up here.”          

Helms believes that this unique annual event helps to remind people about their history.          

“Everything has been getting more modern around here, and things keep changing,” he said. “But all these tractors and things and these young kids learn how things had to be done before they were ever around.”         

Along with being the location of the state-wide meeting for the IHC, there were antique cars, a food vendor and races for children and adults at the show.          

“Oh me and my kids come every year,” Sherrie Watts, a Cullman resident said. “It’s nice because it’s not too hot outside, and there’s really nothing else like this around here.”