Ag Heritage Park at Alta Vista plans Spring Crank Up Tractor Show April 20
By Frank J. Buchman
“Old iron enthusiasts” are getting “cranked up” for the Spring Crank Up Tractor Show, April 20, at Ag Heritage Park on the south edge of Alta Vista, Kan.
“We welcome all tractor owners, individuals or dealers, with antique or new tractors, as well as other equipment and engines, to display for the day,” invited Connie Larson, president of the Park Board of Directors.
The tractor show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a “Parade of Power Cruise” through downtown Alta Vista at 9:30 a.m. There is no pre-registration required, and no registration fee will be charged.
Additional features have been planned throughout the day with Ron Schultz and Friends “jamming” bluegrass and gospel music at 11 a.m.
There will also be a barn quilt block seminar, sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Experienced quilt artists Sue Hageman of Riley and Susan Kesl of Milford will be on hand to share sample barn blocks and pattern materials,” Larson pointed out.
“Ag Heritage Park’s main museum building sports two barn quilt blocks painted by Susan Kesl,” Larson added.
The Alta Vista Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a biscuit and gravy breakfast downtown from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the morning. Lunch, snacks and drinks are to be available all day at Ag Heritage Park.
“In addition to the tractor show, Ag Heritage Park visitors are invited to ‘step back in time’ and tour the 40 tractors on display in the park, ranging in age from 1918 to 1960,” Larson said.
These tractors were collected by Ag Heritage Park founder Everett Zimmerman and first publicly displayed in 1999.
“Additionally, the park also features a large exhibit of horse drawn equipment, as well as other farm machinery dated from the 1800s through the mid-1960s,” Larson noted.
Also on the grounds are an 1885-era one-room school house, two-room farm home, and a log cabin, along with other farm outbuildings.
Two large museum facilities highlight a vast presentation of household items, miscellaneous farm memorabilia and tools.
“Ag Heritage Park offers educational and entertaining interest for young and old, male or female, and any age group. Admission to the park is a donation for park upkeep and maintenance,” Larson commented
Information is available for the Spring Crank Up Tractor Show, and to schedule individual visits or bus tours to Ag Heritage Park on future dates, by contacting directors Kirby Zimmerman, 620-767-2714; Hazel Zimmerman, 620-767-2715; or Connie Larson, 785-532-8393, or visiting agheritagepark.com.
Calvin Zimmerman and Matt Easton are also directors of the museum.