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Each year our club creates a new T-shirt promoting the feature engine or tractor of the show. They are for sale at the registration desk under the gin building. See Bill or Jill. Really like a past year's shirt? A few are left over from previous years and are also for sale at reduced prices.


ATIS
Want even more information on the antique gas engine and tractor hobby? The Antique Tractor Information Service website, ATIS, is a great place to sign up for email discussion groups geared toward the hobby. We recommend the Stationary Engine List on the ATIS site. Click here to go to ATIS.

SHOW CALENDARS
Keep up with all the local shows in the Southeast with a color show calendar of your favorite engines and tractors. The calendar is produced by Norman Durham. Norman can be contacted at 422 Wellford Drive Pendleton, SC 29670 864-646-7601

OFES  For the Oil Field Engine enthusiasts there is group just for you. The very enthusiastic Russell Farmer will induct you to the society after you pledge your love for big ol' iron and plenty o' grease and grim. Email Russell.       Website for OFES


 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 
Cotton Ginning Days
The Official Web Site for the Cotton Ginning Days festival in Gaston Co. , North Carolina.
EMAIL
 
(food and vendor permits)
 

The Cotton Ginning Days Festival is always the 2nd weekend in October. It is a cooperative venture between the Parks & Recreation Department of Gaston County and the Gaston Agriculture, Mechanical, & Textile Restoration Association (GAMTRA).  The marriage of GAMTRA and the county's resources have allowed this festival to grow to the largest in the county, with annual spectator attendance exceeding 25,000. The festival celebrates the county's rich textile heritage as GAMTRA members restore and display farming machinery used at the turn of the last century. Come enjoy a glimpse of life in the early 1900's during these three days as we celebrate the 23nd year of the festival.

CLUB & SHOW NEWS:

March 30st, 2013:  Swap meet. Open 9:00 at the showgrounds.

OCTOBER 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2013: The three days of Cotton Ginning Days will be here soon! Show grounds open Wednesday October 10th for those wanting to camp and visit a little longer.  Click here for show flier.

Friday night there is a social around the gin building with hot apple cider and deserts of all kinds. Come get reacquainted with old friends and meet some new ones at 6:00 p.m. See ya at the gin  building in the middle of the show grounds.

Saturday night our club provides a free country style dinner for all exhibitors in the Citizens Resource center at the entrance to the show grounds. Be sure to get your tickets for dinner when you register your display with Bill or Jill at the registration desk under the gin building in the middle of the show grounds.

Eagle Scout Project:  Our young club member Devin Holland has gotten approval from the Eagle Scout project review board. Devin will be building a early 1900's style machine shop at the show grounds in the village with the existing blacksmith building. This exciting project will be developing in 2009. Fund raising letters were mailed out in late January and we are awaiting  receipt of donations. The Parks & Recreation Dept. is assisting us in meeting with the correct personnel in Code Enforcement for the building permit.   FOLLOW THE PROJECT HERE.  Update: Devin completed the project in March 2011 and received his Eagle Scout award. Come to CGD's and see the machine shop.      

Pictures of CGD's 2010: CLICK HERE  for some photos of last year's Cotton Ginning Days festival.

SECURITY  Exhibitors can rest easy knowing their displays will be under careful watch by our local police department the week of and the weekend of the annual show.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Our Representative, Sue Myrick, attended Cotton Ginning Days a few years ago and was so impressed she requested GAMTRA prepare a "Local Legends" record of Gaston County  to be on permanent display at the Library of Congress.  This can be seen on the web here

JOIN IN THE FUN Interested in becoming a member of the GAMTRA organization? Do you like antique engines, tractors, steam engines, traction engines, or farm equipment? Maybe you'd like to rub shoulders with fellow hobbyist in the area. The GAMTRA group is a great organization to meet like minded folks interested in this great hobby. Preservation of  Americana, and then displaying it to educate the public about the way of life a 100 years ago is the mission of our friendly group. We have meetings once a month and a couple of club picnics/dinners at the show grounds each year.

 


 

 
 
 



 


 


 

GAMTRA T-S ARE HERE.
CLICK HERE to see our new products. 
 
THE GAMTRA COOKBOOK IS HERE !
 
 
 Try all the best recipes our group members have assembled into a great collection.  Makes a great gift too!
CLICK HERE to email Jill & Bill to order one.

ONLINE TRADING OF ENGINE AND TRACTOR PARTS
 
HARRY'S OLD ENGINE PAGE & SMOKE STACK. CLICK HERE for more information.
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