Community Events

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It was an unusually rainy week, but Tom Crows and Denver Trapp fields were kept in great shape by the local grounds crew. “Immaculate” was the description most often used.

We are blessed in Lawrence County to have residents who work very hard to bring great events to this community.

One of the best examples is the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series, held in Lawrenceburg August 8 through 20.

Host President Alan  Betz, named to the Babe Ruth League Southeast Region Hall of Fame.

Preparations began about 18 months ago for the week-long series and hundreds of visitors who arrived with it. Thanks to many who donated their time and talent, our community hosted an event had our guests singing Lawrence County’s praises.

Huge crowds turn out to watch great baseball. like this game featuring Fargo, North Dakota and Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.
Huge crowds turn out to watch great baseball. like this game featuring Fargo, North Dakota and Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

Teams vying for the national title were already winners in their regions. All-Star teams were here from Westchester, California; Sarasota, Florida; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Glacier, Montana; Fargo, North Dakota; Williamsport West End, Pennsylvania; Southern Brazoria County, Texas; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and nearby Giles County, Tennessee. Local families opened their homes and hearts and hosted players for the week.

Lawrenceburg Mayor Keith Durham, left, with baseball superstar Johnny Bench
Lawrenceburg Mayor Keith Durham, left, with baseball superstar Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench, recently named one of baseball’s four Living Legends, was the keynote speaker at an August 12 kickoff banquet. Games began the following evening and the final game was played August 20.

Lawrence County’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars were the host team for the event, and came in second in a nail-biting game for the title against Westchester, California.

These local boys also played together as 13-year-olds who placed second at the World Series in Williston, North Dakota, and competed last year at the 14-year-old World Series in Ocala, Florida.

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Following on the heels of the Babe Ruth Series was the 19th annual Crossroads of Dixie Antique Tractor & Engine Show, an event that brings collectors and enthusiasts together for two days at Lawrenceburg’s Rotary Park.Tractor club logo

Visitors can see all types of vintage engines and tractors (in various stages of restoration) that are brought from all over the Southeast. Owners are on hand to tell the stories of their own machines, discuss the history of their favorite brands, and offer advice to fellow restorers.JDs

The skillet throw tests farm girl skills
The skillet throw tests farm girl skills

Competitions like wagon backing and barrel rolling test the driving skills of tractor owners; a slow race, blind man’s bluff, and antique power parade provide more fun for spectators and contestants. Women can also compete in a skillet toss, and there’s even a tractor pull for kids.

Little tractor fans pedal hard at the Kiddie Tractor Pull
Little tractor fans pedal hard at the Kiddie Tractor Pull

The Crossroads of Dixie Club and Lawrenceburg Rotary Club also sponsor the “Rumble at the Crossroads” National Tractor Pullers Association-sanctioned event every May, featuring classes for Heavy Super Stock and Super Farm tractors, plus Super Modified 4-wheel drive trucks.

The tractor show gives restorers a chance to show off their ingenuity - and sense of humor.
The tractor show gives restorers a chance to show off their ingenuity – and sense of humor.

If you’re craving tractor pull action even sooner, come to the Middle Tennessee District Fair Friday, October 2 for events that begin at noon and 6:30 p.m. Go to RotaryTNLawrenceburg.org for full details.

You can also visit CrossroadsOfDixie.com to learn more about the local club dedicated to “Preserving America’s Agricultural History,” and ways that you can be part of that effort. Check out their Facebook page for lots more photos from the 2015 Antique Tractor & Engine Show.

Photos by Howard ‘HoJo’ Johnston, Lawrence County Advocate