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Granville offers state's largest antique auto show

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Antique Tractor Show Honorees Johnny and Debbie Mitchell of Lebanon. SUBMITTED

Set for May 27, the 19th Granville Heritage Day will again host one of Tennessee's largest antique car, tractor and engine shows, honoring three of the best antique collectors in the mid-state.

The Antique Tractor Show will honor Johnny and Debbie Mitchell of Lebanon. Johnny has had a strong interest in tractors since his childhood and has the Farmall F-12 that he used as a boy at home. The couple has been collecting since their marriage in the early 1980s. They are charter members of the Tennessee International Harvester Collectors and have been very involved in the organization's leadership. A part of their Farmall collection will be on display as part of the show.

The 2017 Antique Car Show Honoree is Cookeville's Dave Roland, who fell in love with cars when he purchased his first in 1974 - a yellow 1967 Ford Mustang he bought for $450 he had earned as a dishwasher at Tennessee Technological University. He has a large collection as well as a service station museum in Cookeville. Roland's favorite automobile in his collection is his 1933 Chevrolet School Bus. Part of Roland's collection will be on display at the May 27 show.

The Memorial Honoree for this year's show is the late Bryan Dyer of Lebanon, owner of one of the most unique collections in the Volunteer State. His collection consists of award-winning automobiles including a 1934 Chrysler Convertible Rumble Seat Coupe, a 1940 Plymouth, 1934 Dodge Pickup and a 1933 Chrysler. Dyer was an expert on Mopar Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth and Desoto automobiles. His wife Velda keeps his memory going by continuing to share and maintain the collection.

Granville Heritage Day will also feature the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, Craftsmen in Pioneer Village, living history demonstrations of the 1860s, children's entertainment and rides, a parade, memorial service and tributes to the 1940s. To learn more, call (931) 653-4151 or visit granvilletn.com.

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