(photo courtesy of Jim Plowman and the Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Association)


LATHROP, Mo. — Anyone who has ever found themselves wondering how previous generations used to farm or manufacture goods is in for a treat at the 43rd Annual Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor & Engine Show. Jim Plowman, President of the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor & Engine Association, has been involved with the show the entire 43 years its been happening. He tells KMZU how the event got started over four decades ago.

With all of the technological advances farmers and woodworkers use today, seeing how things used to be done is not only entertaining but can make you appreciate modern conveniences. Plowman still thinks younger generations can enjoy everything the event has to offer and has this to say about how he thinks people will relate to seeing the old way of doing things.

People travel from all over the United States to attend or participate in the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor & Engine Show. For those who meet at the event year after year, its not only a learning experience but a sort of coming-together of like-minded individuals who enjoy taking a journey into past times. Many attendees recognize each other and look forward to exchanging new information and exhibiting or learning about items that have been added the present year.

For those who have never experienced the antique cars, tractors and engines, Plowman describes some of what someone can expect to see at this year’s show.

The cost to attend the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor & Engine Show is just seven dollars for the weekend pass. The event starts June 17 and will run through June 20. The weekend pass includes all four days and children under twelve get to experience the show for free.

President Plowman hopes everyone will get out and enjoy the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor & Engine show this year. He says “it’s good family fun and entertainment where you can get a little history with it too and have a good time.”

The Lathrop Antique Showgrounds can be located right at the south edge of the Lathrop city limit on Highway 33. Plowman says those who decide to use a GPS can enter 2488 SE Highway 33 in Lathrop.

An event flyer can be found here.