Friday, July 16, 2010

15th Antique Tractor and Engine Show Returns

It’s summer time in Eliot, Maine and that can only mean one thing. The 15th Annual Eliot Antique Tractor and Engine Show is right around the corner July 23rd - 25th at the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum located at 2077 State Road (Route 103), only 5 miles from the Kittery Outlet Malls.
Featuring a huge assortment of antique tractors, farm equipment displays, hit and miss engines, shingle mill demonstrations, auction, live music, bean hole beans, strawberry shortcake and other fair food, crafts, flea market, tractor parades, Garden Tractor Pulling, Antique Stone Boat Pulling, Transfer Sled pulling, kids pedal tractor pulls, the Raitt farm barrel tractors, Colonial Encampment and more. Fun for the entire family, this event is one of three fund-raising events held at the Farm Museum each year. 100% of the proceeds raised go to the preservation and restoration of the beautiful 33-acre farm property and to continue its mission statement of educating future generations about farming history.
The weekend kicks off Friday the 23rd with the popular auction to benefit the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum. Spectators get in free by donating an auction item. “It’s a great way to start the event and brings everyone together for some fun. “It’s full of great bargains, and raises much needed revenue for our organization,” stated Steve Beckert, President of the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum.
The Shingle Mill operated by Phil St. Jean will be running throughout the event, showcasing how old-fashioned shingles are made. “The shingles will be used to restore the Apple Barn and other buildings on the property,” stated Lisa Raitt, Trustee and Event Coordinator for the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum. “We are in the process of restoring the Apple Barn and the new shingles you see on the front of the building were cut at last years show.” Jon Hodgdon will be branding some of the shingles as they come off the mill too.
Saturday begins with the popular Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. followed closely by the sounds of the hit and miss engines and tractors making their way around the grounds. Larry Hosack takes the stage midday Saturday to entertain, followed by the Tractor Parade and Pulling. In the evening a Roast Beef dinner will be served while the local band Sugar Shack performs on stage. Come early as the tickets for dinner go fast. Then grab your partner and dancing shoes as Square Dancing makes its popular return and anyone can come and join in the fun.
Sunday starts with the pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by the Church service in the Pines 9-10 a.m. The Engine displays and shingle mill demonstrations continue with the kids Pedal tractor pull followed by Transfer Sled Pulling and a tractor parade round out Sunday. At 2 p.m. the raffles will be drawn.
Sponsored by Cabot Creamery, Johnsons Seafood & Steak, Raitts Signs, Bob’s Trophies and Awards, The Tire Loft, and Rousseau Farm Excavation, the 15th year of the show is sure to delight all ages.
Admission price for the show is $5 per person, children 12 and under get in free. Plenty of on site free parking. For more information please visit, call 207-748-0860 for the show schedule or email
The Raitt Homestead Farm Museum is a registered non profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the beautiful 33-acre property. Continuing to educate future generations about farming heritage is a vital part of our mission statement. With your continued support we can meet our goals for the 2010 season. Located at 2077 State Rd in Eliot, Maine. Visit
Photo caption: John and Bailey B. on tractor. (Courtesy photo)