Labor Day: Topa Topa Flywheelers star in
Ag Museum Vintage Tractor Fair

August 27, 2014
Santa Paula News

Labor Day there will be an old-fashioned pie-eating contest, dozens of classic farm tractors, live music, food trucks, a Kids’ Fun Zone and plenty of “farm-y” fun at the 2nd Annual Vintage Tractor Fair to be held at - where else? - the Agriculture Museum!

The free museum event will be held Monday, September 1, right after Santa Paula’s Labor Day Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. on East Main Street. 

You’ll be able to follow the parade tractors just a block or two to the Agriculture Museum, located at 926 Railroad Ave. 

Although admission to the Tractor Fair and Museum is free, there will be a $5 charge to enter the Kids’ Outdoor Fun Zone.

Last year’s Tractor Fair, the museum’s first, drew more than 1,500 visitors, a number that even surprised museum officials. 

It’s easy to see whYthe event proved to be popular and this year there’s even more to enjoy with more than two dozen classic farm tractors from decades past displayed by their proud owners, members of the famed Topa Topa Flywheelers.

“Flywheeler” is the slang name for an antique stationary engine; on the side(s) of an antique engine and on some tractors, there are flywheels, hence the name Flywheelers.

The Topa Topa Flywheelers, founded in 1993, is an antique gas engine and tractor club with members all over the world, but the group meets in Camarillo.

Members of the club were longtime supporters - and some benefactors - of creating the Agriculture Museum.

The Flywheelers are all ages and professions who together have dedicated their time and efforts to the collection, restoration and operation of machinery and implements used in agriculture in by-gone days.

Flywheelers are very active in the Ventura County community and participate in all Santa Paula parades and public events.

The machines and the men that love them will be on hand at the Museum on Labor Day parked outside on Railroad Avenue where they will be glad to answer questions about their machines and how they were used. There will also be a working vintage engine demonstration.

Sponsored by Limoneira Co., the September 1 Tractor Fair will also feature music by the acclaimed Cruise Knights, delicious snacks and meals sold by World Famous Franks, which offers gourmet hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches, and Kona Ice, selling refreshing snow cones.  Beer and wine will be sold in the Beer Garden, with the help of Garman’s Irish Pub of Santa Paula.

The purchase of a $5 wristband will allow visitors into the Kids’ Fun Zone, in a secured area adjacent to the tractors. Families can stay in or return to the Kids’ Fun Zone as they wish, with the wristband. Inside, children can compete in or watch pedal tractor races, or bounce in a supervised, super-sized Jolly Jump. They can also ask for a balloon character from the balloon artist Cookie the Clown. There will also be a chance for kids and adults to get close and personal with several farm animals from chickens to alpacas in the petting zoo area by Aloha Animal Experience.

Inside the Museum, visitors can view new exhibits about agriculture and vintage equipment in the air-conditioned historic building, formerly known - and famed - as The Mill. Kids can climb on a real Oliver tractor and visit the Museum’s transparent, real beehive.  

The Museum’s General Store offers dozens of items from local vendors ranging from fine gifts and educational toys to fun eats and gourmet oils and sauces.

And don’t miss the pie-eating contest that will be held at noon, sponsored by Marie Callender’s.  

For more information, call the museum at (805) 525-3100.

Proceeds of this event will benefit the Museum’s Ag Education Fund to provide educational programs about agriculture in local schools.

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