Presented by the Piney Chapel Antique Engine and Tractor Association, the Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days is one of North Alabama’s largest antique engine and tractor shows. A two-day tribute to the farming heritage of Limestone County, the annual event offers all the makings of an old-fashioned festival taking visitors back to the “good ol’ days” with activities including a scenic 20-mile tractor ride, fun and games, toe-tapping music, and more.
The Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days offers 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 memorabilia.
More than a tractor show, the two-day event also offers a variety of vendors, old-fashioned concessions including breakfast biscuits (Saturday morning only), pinto beans and cornbread, and live music featuring local bands on Friday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Other activities for families to enjoy include a Fast Crank Competition, Slow Races, Chain in a Box, a skillet throw for ladies, and pedal pull for the kids.
Sponsored by the Limestone County Farmers Federation, a 20-mile tractor ride is planned for Friday, departing 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 north to Sandlin Road. The ride continues to Beulah Road and then on to Fort Hampton Road to the town of Elkmont for lunch at the Elkmont Town Hall. Upon leaving Elkmont, the ride resumes onto the Richard Martin Trail (Rails to Trails). Once off of the trail, the ride heads east on Carey Road to Elkton Road for the final stretch back to the show grounds at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Gates open at 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and the event goes on until the music ends both nights.