PINNACLE — Those interested in old farm tractors and equipment are invited to Horne Creek Living Historical Farm Saturday for its first Rust and Dust Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will pay homage to Stover, Hercules, International Harvester (McCormick Deering), John Deere and Fairbanks Morse, brand names associated with finely manufactured engines.
At one point in time, they all made hit-and-miss engines, which were a type of four-stroke internal combustion motor controlled by a governor to operate at a set speed.
Conceived in the late 19th century and produced from the 1890s to the 1940s, the heyday for hit-and-miss engines was from 1910 to the early 1930s. After that, more modern designs began to replace them.
A variety of hit-and-miss engines will be on display and in operation during Saturday’s event, ranging from three-quarter horsepower to 12 horsepower.
Tractors, a Maytag washing machine, ice cream freezers, a wood saw, a grist mill and a 1949 Willys Jeep with farm hitch are just a few examples of old equipment that will be powered by these engines.
A tractor ride of eight to 16 miles also will be part of the day’s activities. It will begin at noon, leaving from the Horne Creek parking lot.
Admission to the Rust and Dust Show is free, although donations are highly encouraged and welcomed. No pets (other than service dogs) or alcohol will be allowed.
Food and drinks are to be available for purchase, including hot dogs, hamburgers, Philly steak subs, French fries and fountain drinks.
Horne Creek Living Historical Farm is operated by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources/Division of State Historic Sites and Properties.
The site is located at 308 Horne Creek Farm Road, Pinnacle, which can be reached by taking the Pinnacle Exit (No. 129) off U.S. 52 and following the state historic signs.