Arizona Flywheelers show makes return to Valley this weekend

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the chaotic pace of this high-tech world where friends and family communicate through cell phones and email.

Do you ever wish that just for a moment that you could just go back to a simpler time? To feel a sense of community? To have wholesome fun with your family and neighbors?

The Arizona Flywheelers are providing us with just that, a good time. On March 23-24 at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, the Arizona Flywheelers will host their 17th annual Engine Show.

If you are interested in old John Deere tractors, flywheel gas engines, model railroads and airplanes, this is the place for you. They will have tractor parades and tractor pull competitions, a quilt show, book sales, food vendors. There will be bluegrass music, craft shows and clog dancing.

The kids will have their own tractor pulls, mousetrap car races and other games and activities. They will also have a home-made ice cream wagon.

The Fly Wheelers will display at least 50 tractors and hundreds of engines. Vendors will also sell old iron tractor parts.

The price of admission is only a $2 donation. There is plenty of free parking.

The Arizona Flywheelers is a club that promotes, preserves and maintains early examples of gas engines, tractors and miscellaneous related farm and mining equipment of ancient age and historical value, as well as models, devices, toys or other unusual equipment. They are interested in restoring and maintaining the equipment to attract respect within the community and to help these owners become better acquainted and encourage the spirit of good fellowship.

The Arizona Flywheelers meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7 a.m. at Denny's in Cottonwood.

Jim Mager is the president of the organization. His house reflects his interests from a John Deere mailbox to a John Deere tractor in his carport. His family room is adorned with John Deere pillows, and a shelf lined with model John Deere tractors. Mager has been involved with the Flywheelers club for 10 years. He enjoys the camaraderie and looks forward to their annual show and festivities at the fairgrounds.

The Verde Valley Fairgrounds is located on Cherry Street off Main Street. There is RV camping available for $10 a night.

Also, you can pitch a tent for $8 a night. For further information, call Don Anderson (928) 776-4330 or Lou Barnes (928) 634-6456.

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