Kilgore Main Street is working to get back to normal as Texas continues to open up, with the planning of its new Truck and Tractor show for June 6.

Event organizer and Main Street Board member Fred Gebhardt said that the event was planned for June 6 about a year ago.

“We were talking about different events that we could bring downtown, and the idea of having a car show, similar to the ones in Marshall,” Gebhardt said. “We knew we had a lot of tractors in the area, and then we started to talk to the different clubs.”

He said that in the beginning of 2020 when the coronoavirus was beginning to spread, the event planning stopped.

“That was until we realized, as the date got closer, that this is something that can still happen,” Gebhardt said.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. Eight blocks of the downtown Kilgore area will be blocked off for the event, with antique tractors and cars on display.

Community members interested in displaying their tractors or cars are welcome to do so for free, according to Gebhardt, with the only fee associated with the tractor competition.

The streets will be blocked off starting at 8 a.m., with the actual show running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This event does three things, first of all its just plain fun,” Gebhardt said. “Second, it serves the purpose of Main Street, which is to show off downtown Kilgore, and show people that there is always something fun to do here. Finally, it’s good for the vendors.”

At 12:30 p.m. Gebhardt said that a tractor parade will take place, where tractors will drive slowly past a stage where an announcer will give details on the antique tractors.

Gebhardt said that the competition will feature over 40 entries, with over double that number of vehicles on show. He said that the event will feature antique tractors, oil field trucks and antique cars.

The event will also feature tractor games and a slow tractor race, as well as a hayride that will be running throughout the event.

All of the restaurants in downtown Kilgore will be open and selling food during the event, and live music is also planned.

Gebhardt said that the event will have safety regulations in place, organized by the city, to ensure the safety of the community and participants.

He said that a number of local tractor and car clubs are planning to come to the event, with the East Texas Antique Tractor and Engine club assisting in the organizing of the event and helping with registration.

Gebhardt said that the event is still looking for experienced volunteers to assist in parking before the event, and organizing the parade. Anyone interested in helping can call him at (903)930-3598 or email info@kilgoremercentile.com.

“I think this event is a good opportunity, not just for Main Street but also for the whole community,” Gebhardt said.

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