WHITEHOUSE - It's antique tractor time in Whitehouse at the Lone Star Antique Tractor and Engine Association Inc. 17th annual show.

For LSATEA members, it's all about the connection to history. Most of the time it's personal history, said Charles Parmley, president of the group.

"Most of the people had some connection to these machines in their childhood," Mr. Parmley said. "I grew up on these tractors."

It used to be an antique tractor was anything classified as built before 1963. Current classification standards say anything 35 years old or more, Mr. Parmley said. But that includes some fairly high-tech machines.

Most of the tractors which will be at the LSATEA showgrounds southeast of Whitehouse on Dudley Road on Saturday will be 1940s to 1950s vintage. The oldest tractor in the club is a 1923 Fordson, a precursor to the Ford Motor Company products built by Henry Ford, Mr. Parmley said.

Activities kick off with an opening ceremony Saturday at 9 a.m. In addition to looking at the tractors, the day will feature an antique tractor parade and tractor pulls beginning at 10 a.m., Mr. Parmley said.

Every hour or so, the big tractors will clear the pulling lane and children will have their chance to compete in a pedal tractor pull competition, he said. There also will be a barrel train, tractor parade and the Pot-o-Gold, a bin filled with corn and hidden money where kids can root around for cash.

Activities will continue throughout the day. The show will culminate with a free barbecue at 5:30 p.m. hosted by the club.

Whether you grew up on a farm or not, there will be something in the day for everyone, Mr. Parmley said. It's a connection to history.

"Everybody out there has a mule in their past, and an old tractor," Mr. Parmley said. "This is just a little step back in history."

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Turn East on FM 346 at Traffic Light at Intersection of SH 110 & FM 346 (Whitehouse). Approx. 3 miles on right. Turn rt. on Dudley Rd. Follow the large "Tractor Show" signs from intersection FM 346 & SH 110. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 12 and older and $5 per car full.

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