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Piney Chapel Antique Engine and Tractor Association Celebrates Rural American Farming Heritage

Decatur, Ala. – One of North Alabama’s largest antique engine and tractor shows returns to Athens the first weekend in August in celebration of rural American farming heritage. Set for August 2-3, 2019, the 27th annual Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days combines antique farm equipment and old-fashioned concessions with live music and family-friendly fun and games taking visitors back to the “good ol’ days.”

Presented by the Piney Chapel Antique Engine and Tractor Association, the Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days is considered one of the best antique engine shows in Alabama offering festivalgoers a chance to see an array of farm equipment including gasoline and steam engines in action, horse-drawn equipment, antique tractors, cars, and trucks and other farming collectibles. 

The two-day event also offers a variety of flea market, parts and handmade craft vendors and old-fashioned concessions including breakfast biscuits (Saturday morning only) and pinto beans and cornbread. Other activities for families to enjoy include wheat threshing exhibits, tractor slow races, a skillet throw contest for ladies and pedal pull for the kids.  

This year’s event features a new scenic route for the tractor ride. On Friday, August 2nd, beginning at 10 a.m., spectators can catch a glimpse of the tractor parade as riders make their way from the festival grounds along Elkton Road to Piney Chapel Road. The ride will continue and cross Highway 127 onto Sewell Road to Edgewood Road and then south on to Hine Street. The route will make left turns onto Washington Street and Marion Street and right onto Pryor Street, arriving for lunch at the Veteran’s Museum. Upon leaving the Veteran’s Museum, the ride will resume onto Pryor Street and will travel via Beaty Street to Hobbs Street, Highway 31, Elm Street and Elkton Street for the final stretch back to the show grounds to arrive at approximately 1:30 p.m. A fish fry follows at 5 p.m. and live music featuring local bands gets underway at 5:30 p.m. 

Gates open at 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The event takes place at 20147 Elkton Road, two miles north of Athens off of Interstate 65. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 years old and under. Parking is free. For more information, call Steve Garner at 334.750.2545, Allen Dement at 256.431.0619 or Eli Wallace at 256.497.1264.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consist of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals.  Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at