The Foothills Antique Tractor and Engine Club was chartered on March 11, 1993 by the State of Tennessee and on March 22, 1993 by Blount County, Tennessee. The bylaws were written and accepted in March 1993.
It all began on November 17, 1992, when eleven tractor and engine enthusiasts met at the Blount County Farm Bureau to discuss forming a club. There were several good clubs in the surrounding areas and it was felt that it was time for Blount County to have a club. It was decided to have a membership drive and meet again in December. At the December meeting, 46 prospective members showed up. The hat was passed to raise funds and a committee of nine members was selected. Thus was born the Foothills Antique Tractor and Engine Club. From the eleven who met that first night, the club has grown to 165 members.
The first display show was held in May 1993 at the Midland Plaza Shopping Center in Maryville in conjunction with their annual craft fair. Since that first show, the club has participated in more than 25 club-sponsored shows and parades in conjunction with other events. It is with great pride that we sponsored our First Annual Club Show in August 1998, and we had over 140 exhibits.
The 2nd Annual Show in 1999 was a huge success, despite temperatures around 100 degrees. We had 293 displays and. These included 187 farm tractors, 26 lawn mower & garden tractors, 32 hit & miss single cylinder engines, 12 Maytag engines, six marine engines, assorted farmstead and homestead equipment and six vendors.
The club newsletter was established in February 1993 by John Patterson. Since that time the newsletter has grown to include not only upcoming events, club activities, and want ads, but also articles and stories written by various club members. Our newsletter is a way to share our knowledge, experience, and history. One of the functions of the club is to help with charitable projects. The club has supported several area charities, including the Blount County Children's Home, Shriners Hospital, , Kingswood School, and the Angel Tree at Christmas. The club has been faithful in donating money, time and talents to these projects.
The club meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7:30 pm at Eagleton Middle Schoolin Maryville Tennessee. Anyone interested in antique tractors, engines, and farmstead and homestead equipment can join the Foothills Club. Membership is granted regardless of age, creed, or sex as described in the bylaws.
To sum up the purpose of the Foothills Antique Tractor and Engine Club, we have the common bond of our interest in the preservation of old tractors, engines, and other equipment. To this end, we have banded together to hold shows, parades and demonstrations of old tractors and engines, to help each other in the search for and restoration of old tractors and engines.