Melba "Olde Tyme" 4th of July Antique Tractor Pull


Treasure Valley Antique Power Association has been in existence for more than a quarter century, having been organized in 1990 by people who had an avid interest in old tractors and antique tractor pulls. Over the years this non-profit organization has morphed somewhat to include lawn tractor, modified tractor, and this year ATV pulling using a smaller pulling sled than the one used by antiques and modified tractors. This year we have also ventured into pickup truck pulling which has generated some new interest on the part of participants and spectators alike. TVAPA and many of its members also are focused on collecting, refurbishing, exhibiting, and educating the public regarding antique tractors and other forms of historical equipment. Pursuant to this calling, we display antique tractors and occasionally various other pieces of equipment at many venues across Treasure Valley, most recently at Motorfest at the Western Idaho Fair grounds where we added variety to the car show with five beautifully restored antique tractors. Our next adventure will be to parade and pull at Melba’s “Old Tyme” 4th of July celebration. Come see the show!

This year’s TVAPA participation in Melba’s “Old Tyme” 4th of July celebration is chaired by long-time member Tee Hurd of Nampa. He may be reached at 989-0499 if you have a question about TVAPA and its participation in Melba’s patriotic parade and pull. Until last year, TVAPA’s Melba festivities were chaired by TVAPA charter member and local farming icon, Ron Blickenstaff. We are eagerly awaiting the 4th of July  to parade our wares and entertain the public with an outstanding pulling event following the morning parade. See you there!

Weight Classes:










12,000 & Occasionally up to 20,000

Within these weight classifications we currently subdivide tractors according to age and horsepower, an attempt to make pulling fairer for all participants. As relates to age, we have tractors as old as the early 1930’s and some as new as the late 1960’s, still considered antiques. Horsepower ratings vary from as little as 10 to over 100. With regard to various makes of tractors, we cover the field, so to speak, including John Deere, Farmall/International, Ford, Ferguson, Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, Allis Chalmers, Massey Harris, Fordson, Case, Cockshutt, and even Hart-Parr as well as Gibson.

In keeping with the goals of TVAPA, we have many members who collect, refurbish, display, and educate the public regarding antique tractors, modified tractors, lawn tractors, and even ATV’s, all of which will be involved in this year’s pull in Melba to celebrate the 4th of July.

This year we have over fifty paid and active members and many more supporters who hail from all over the Treasure Valley, eastern Oregon, and even the Magic Valley.