Ag Heritage Park Announces
2014 Spring Crank Up! April 19

Ag Heritage Park is “cranking up” for the annual Spring Crank Up! Tractor Show, scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Ag Heritage Park, 103 S. Main, Alta Vista. The tractors will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a “Parade of Power” cruise through downtown scheduled at 9:30 a.m. There is no pre-registration required, and no registration fee for the day.

Ag Heritage Park is expecting a good number of tractors, including a 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX Comfortractor.  Tagged “The Gentleman’s Tractor,” the Minneapolis-Moline company streamlined a cab and set of fenders on an existing tractor chassis, offering both the utility of a tractor and the comfort of an automobile in one vehicle. The enclosed tractor was ahead of its time, suitable as a workhorse going up to 45 mph by day and for an evening on the town at night.  In early 1938, Minneapolis-Moline produced 25 of the UDLX (short for Model & Deluxe) models, with an optional cab. Later in the year, 125 more were equipped with cabs as standard equipment. While the tractor was too pricey for most farmers, it was also introduced in the industrial world equipped with snow plows, and it is recorded that some rural mail carriers even found them useful. This Comfortractor is owned by Stamm Tractors, and will be shown by the Clint Stamm Family, of Washington, Kansas.

The schedule for the day, besides the tractor show, includes Ron Schultz and Friends Jamming, beginning at 11:00 a.m, featuring bluegrass and gospel music. Also scheduled is a barn quilt block “how-to” program, sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, scheduled for 2:00 p.m.  Those attending the program will gain information from choosing patterns, sizes, location, to priming, painting, and hanging your own barn block. The Ag Heritage Park main museum building sports two barn quilt blocks painted by artist Susan Kesl.

Lunch, snacks and drinks will be available all day on the grounds. The  Alta Vista C of C will sponsor a biscuit and gravy breakfast downtown from 7 - 10 a.m., as well as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in the city park. Local businesses will be open, including several collectible and antique shops, and cafés.

Ag Heritage Park will be open tractor show day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Besides viewing the tractors in the show, visitors may “step back in time” and tour the 40 tractors on display in the park, ranging in age from 1918 to 1960. These tractors were collected by Ag Heritage Park Founder, Everett Zimmerman, and put on public display back in 1999. The park features a large display of horse drawn equipment, as well as other farm equipment dated from the 1800’s through the mid-1960’s. Also on the grounds are 1885 era one room school house, two room farm house, and a log cabin, along with other farm outbuildings. Two museum buildings include a complete display of household items, miscellaneous farm memorabilia and machinery. Ag Heritage Park displays offer interest for young and old, and any age group. Admission to the park is a donation for park upkeep and maintenance.

For more information concerning the Spring Crank Up! Tractor Show on Saturday, April 19th, or to schedule individual visits or bus tours to Ag Heritage Park on future dates, please call Kirby Zimmerman, 620-767-2714, Hazel Zimmerman, 785-482-3865, or Connie Larson, 785-532-8393. Visit for updates.

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