Old or new, Alta Vista to be tractor town

Frank Buchman

By A Contributor

It’ll be spring crank up time while stepping back in time.

That’s the Antique & New Tractor Show Saturday at the Ag Heritage Park in Alta Vista.

“We welcome all tractors, antique or new, for the show to ‘crank up’ the spring season of visitors to the park,” invited Connie Larson, chairman of the board for the collection of memorabilia commemorating early agriculture life in rural America.

The park is to be open from 8 a.m., to 7 p.m., with the show planned from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m.

A biscuits and gravy meal is planned by the Alta Vista Chamber of Commerce in downtown Alta Vista, and garage sales are also scheduled throughout the community, with maps available.

Besides viewing tractors in the show, visitors can ‘step back in time’ and inspect the 40 tractors, ranging in age from 1918 through 1960, that are permanently displayed in the park.

Located at 103 South Main in Alta Vista, the park is the culmination of Everett and Hazel Zimmerman’s efforts to collect memorabilia that commemorate agriculture life.

The collection includes a two-room farm home, a log cabin and a one-room school house, all from the 1885 era. Two museum buildings house hundreds of items that portray historic agriculture life from machinery to many household items.

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