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Tired Iron visitors take step back in time

by Randy Moll | September 14, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Paxton Smith, 5, sits atop a tractor-size tricycle at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

GENTRY -- Visitors to the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday -- and there were a lot of them -- took a step back in time as they viewed the way things used to be done in the rural farming communities of the area a few generations ago.

In addition to the antique tractors and engines of the early to middle 20th century, visitors got to watch blacksmiths at work, demonstrating the art that supplied many of the tools and implements of 19th and 20th century America.

Featured on Saturday were a group of blacksmiths from the American Bladesmith Society hammering heated iron and steel into knives and blades for various purposes. The day also provided ample opportunities to purchase custom-made knives and blades at one of the many booths set up at the showgrounds.

At noon the tractors lined up for the daily Parade of Power, with the various tractors and drivers introduced by the club's announcer and driven by those gathered at the grandstands.

Again, the giant blade of the sawmill was turning, reducing logs to cut timbers to show spectators how local sawmills used to provide the lumber for building houses and barns.

Youngsters got the opportunity to make rope from colored strands of bailing twine and construct buildings with wooden blocks. They could sit atop the giant tricycle made with tractor tires and a tractor seat. And some were given the opportunity to learn to drive one of the club's tractors with two seats and a double set of controls.

Household machines and tools were on display in the club's home antique building so that visitors could see how many tasks were performed around the house. The collections included numerous sewing machines, kitchen tools, and other household appliances.

All in all, it appears that visitors to the club's 29th annual fall show thoroughly enjoyed their trip back in time and the many lessons learned from America's local history.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks is a nonprofit organization with a 17-acre showground in rural Gentry. The club puts on two shows a year -- one in the spring and one in the fall -- and both are free to the public.

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Mark Dixon of Siloam Springs makes some adjustments on his 1921 Reid oilfield engine at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks antique tractor and engine show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Mark Dixon of Siloam Springs makes some adjustments on his 1921 Reid oilfield engine at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks antique tractor and engine show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
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Steve Montgomery of Nowata, Okla., shows his 1 1/2 horsepower Associated engine to Dennis Moore of Praire Grove at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Steve Montgomery of Nowata, Okla., shows his 1 1/2 horsepower Associated engine to Dennis Moore of Praire Grove at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
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Peyton DeCamp, 8, and his brother Anthony, 6, pose next to a building Peyton constructed out of wooden building blocks at the antique home items building on the showgrounds of Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/ RANDY MOLL Peyton DeCamp, 8, and his brother Anthony, 6, pose next to a building Peyton constructed out of wooden building blocks at the antique home items building on the showgrounds of Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
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Emerson Lago, 20 months, sits in the seat of a John Deere mower at the fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Emerson Lago, 20 months, sits in the seat of a John Deere mower at the fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
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Don Christensen drives his Farmall electric tractor during the Parade of Power held Saturday at noon at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Don Christensen drives his Farmall electric tractor during the Parade of Power held Saturday at noon at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry.
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Frank Leeman drives a John Deere tractor belonging to Russell Leeman in the Parade of Power held at noon Saturday during the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Frank Leeman drives a John Deere tractor belonging to Russell Leeman in the Parade of Power held at noon Saturday during the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry.
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Ray Kirk of Keys, Okla., hammers a heated piece of iron into shape at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Kirk is part of the American Bladesmith Society.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Ray Kirk of Keys, Okla., hammers a heated piece of iron into shape at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Kirk is part of the American Bladesmith Society.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL
Harold Bowen, of Huntsville, demonstrates use of the sawmill at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Harold Bowen, of Huntsville, demonstrates use of the sawmill at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL
Harold Bowen, of Huntsville, demonstrates use of the sawmill at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Harold Bowen, of Huntsville, demonstrates use of the sawmill at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL
Lin Rhea of Prattsville demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show at the club's showgrounds in Gentry on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Rhea is a master bladesmith and a member of the American Bladesmith Society.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Lin Rhea of Prattsville demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show at the club's showgrounds in Gentry on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Rhea is a master bladesmith and a member of the American Bladesmith Society.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL
Derriek Arce, 9, and his mother Ashley make a rope from strands of baling twine at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Derriek Arce, 9, and his mother Ashley make a rope from strands of baling twine at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
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Lin Rhea, of Prattsville, a member of the American Bladesmith Association, heats up a piece of iron as he demonstrates the art to a crowd of visitors Saturday at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry. Members of the American Bladesmith Association and the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas were at the annual show and talking with spectators on Saturday.
3e5e3wqWestside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Lin Rhea, of Prattsville, a member of the American Bladesmith Association, heats up a piece of iron as he demonstrates the art to a crowd of visitors Saturday at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry. Members of the American Bladesmith Association and the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas were at the annual show and talking with spectators on Saturday.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL
Lin Rhea, of Prattsville, a member of the American Bladesmith Association, heats up a piece of iron as he demonstrates the art to a crowd of visitors Saturday at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry. Members of the American Bladesmith Association and the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas were at the annual show and talking with spectators on Saturday.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Lin Rhea, of Prattsville, a member of the American Bladesmith Association, heats up a piece of iron as he demonstrates the art to a crowd of visitors Saturday at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry. Members of the American Bladesmith Association and the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas were at the annual show and talking with spectators on Saturday.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL
Derriek Arce, 9, and his mother Ashley make a rope from strands of baling twine at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Derriek Arce, 9, and his mother Ashley make a rope from strands of baling twine at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Emerson Lago, 20 months, sits in the seat of a John Deere mower at the fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Emerson Lago, 20 months, sits in the seat of a John Deere mower at the fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/ RANDY MOLL Peyton DeCamp, 8, and his brother Anthony, 6, pose next to a building Peyton constructed out of wooden building blocks at the antique home items building on the showgrounds of Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/ RANDY MOLL Peyton DeCamp, 8, and his brother Anthony, 6, pose next to a building Peyton constructed out of wooden building blocks at the antique home items building on the showgrounds of Tired Iron of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Paxton Smith, 5, sits atop a tractor-size tricycle at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Paxton Smith, 5, sits atop a tractor-size tricycle at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Mark Dixon of Siloam Springs makes some adjustments on his 1921 Reid oilfield engine at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks antique tractor and engine show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Mark Dixon of Siloam Springs makes some adjustments on his 1921 Reid oilfield engine at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks antique tractor and engine show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Frank Leeman drives a John Deere tractor belonging to Russell Leeman in the Parade of Power held at noon Saturday during the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Frank Leeman drives a John Deere tractor belonging to Russell Leeman in the Parade of Power held at noon Saturday during the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Don Christensen drives his Farmall electric tractor during the Parade of Power held Saturday at noon at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Don Christensen drives his Farmall electric tractor during the Parade of Power held Saturday at noon at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Harold Bowen, of Huntsville, demonstrates the use of the sawmill at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Harold Bowen, of Huntsville, demonstrates the use of the sawmill at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Ray Kirk of Keys, Okla., hammers a heated piece of iron into shape at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Kirk is part of the American Bladesmith Society.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Ray Kirk of Keys, Okla., hammers a heated piece of iron into shape at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Kirk is part of the American Bladesmith Society.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL
Lin Rhea, of Prattsville, a member of the American Bladesmith Association, heats up a piece of iron as he demonstrates the art to a crowd of visitors Saturday at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry. Members of the American Bladesmith Association and the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas were at the annual show and talking with spectators on Saturday.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Lin Rhea, of Prattsville, a member of the American Bladesmith Association, heats up a piece of iron as he demonstrates the art to a crowd of visitors Saturday at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks fall show in Gentry. Members of the American Bladesmith Association and the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas were at the annual show and talking with spectators on Saturday.

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