This year’s Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition didn’t draw quite the crowds of years past, but organizers were still pleased.
“We were down … from last year as far as exhibitors and spectators,” said Michael Moore, a member of the Cumming Antique Power Club, which presents the two-day expo each year.
He joking added that perhaps the recent election “got everybody off” schedule.
“But we couldn’t have asked for anything better on weather and the people who were there seemed to enjoy themselves and have a good time, so we won’t complain,” he said.
According to Moore, the 11th annual event drew about 175 tractors, 100 “hit and miss” engines and 10 steam engines, as well as about 10 vendors who provided food and other items for sale Friday and Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Spectators and exhibitors came from all across the region.
“We get several states — North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, all over the Southeast,” he said.
“This year we even had one couple from Canada. They were on their way to Florida and thought they’d stop and look, so we were glad to have them.”
Moore said members of the group are already making plans for next year’s expo, which is always held the second Friday and Saturday in November.
“We’re looking forward to next year,” he said.