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One of state's largest antique car, tractor shows set for Granville Heritage Days

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Jeff Smith and his son Peyton on their 1952 ZA Minneapolis Moline Tractor. SUBMITTED
Tom and Barbara Collins, 2016 Granville Heritage Day Car Show honorees, enjoying a ride in their 1924 Model T Ford Boyer Obenchain Firetruck. SUBMITTED

The 2016 Granville Heritage Day Antique Car & Tractor Show on Saturday, May 28, will feature 52 classes of competitions - making it one of the largest such shows in the Volunteer State.

Cars may be entered between 9 a.m. and noon at 6800 Granville Highway on the banks of the Cordell Hull Lake and Cumberland River. There is a $15 entry fee, and the first 300 cars will receive a dash plaque.

This year's show will honor longtime antique car collectors Tom and Barbara Collins of Murfreesboro. The Collins' collection includes some very unique automobiles, such as a 1924 Model T Ford Fire Engine and a 1958 Bliss Surry. Tom currently serves as president of Honk, Rattle & Roll Antique Car Club, which consists of members from throughout Middle Tennessee. He became interested in cars while working with his father on their 1948 Ford Coupe. In the late 1950s, he began repairing old cars, go-carts and cycles. He and Barbara say their favorite part of collecting is sharing the hobby with friends. They will have part of their collection on exhibit at the May 28 show.

Sponsored by Hix Brothers Tractor Service Inc. of Cookeville, the Antique Tractor & Engine Show will feature many special awards. Tractors can be entered between 9 a.m. and noon with no entry fee. Each participant will receive a special dash plaque, and there will be a parade at 2 p.m. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. The tractor and engine show will honor Jeff and Marty Smith of Celina. They were introduced to the hobby by their father, Clifton "Bud" Smith. Their collection consists of tractors used on their farm and a total of 12 MMs and Twin City Tractors. Along with their father, they have been leaders in the mid-state when it comes to collecting tractors and are members of the Middle Tennessee Antique Engine & Tractor Club. Part of their collection will be on display as part of the Granville show.

Granville Heritage Day also includes the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, a concert by the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America's pop group Starlifter, Pioneer Village craft demonstrations, Civil War living history demonstrations, craft booths, children's events, food, tours of Sutton Homestead, 1930s exhibits at the Granville Car Museum and Granville Museum, the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Dinner Show and a memorial service.

The car show's main sponsors are Shenandoah Mills of Lebanon and O'Reilly Auto Parts of Carthage. Other business sponsors are Bates Ford; Bates Equipment; Mid-Tennessee Office Equipment; Wilson County Chevrolet, Buick, GMC & Hyundai; Rockie Williams Premier Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Diamond Plastics of Lebanon. Class sponsors are Denney Trucking, Dr. Roger McKinney, J&D Equipment Haulers and Granville Bed & Breakfast, Gifts & Antiques.

To learn more about Granville Heritage Days, call (931) 653-4151 or visit granvilletn.com.

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