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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Tractor show brings out local enthusiasts

  • Saturday’s Sixth Annual Great Plains Antique Tractor Show in Inman featured tractor games, gospel singing, a swap meet, sheep shearing, a collectibles tent and other activities.
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  • Saturday’s Sixth Annual Great Plains Antique Tractor Show in Inman featured tractor games, gospel singing, a swap meet, sheep shearing, a collectibles tent and other activities.
    It kicked off with a “tractorcade” as owners and drivers rode their tractors into town and circled Pleasant View Nursing Home.
    Despite the wealth of activities and tractors on display, the event faced an uphill battle due to chilly weather and the previous night’s rains, said Inman Mayor Jim Toews on Saturday morning.
    “The turnout isn’t very good so far,” Toews said, “because it rained and it’s cold, but next year this will be a regional event, and it will be held at the same time as Santa Fe Days. We’re glad to see everyone who comes and supports this event.”
    The event is organized by The Great Plains Antique Tractor Club. Formed in 1994, the group was reorganized as recently as within the last year. It serves 90 members.
    Great Plains Antique Tractor Club director Elbert Freeman said the club enjoys doing tractorcades in the spring, but the group also is considering adding a number during fall seasons as well.
    “We pick a place 30 or so miles away,” Freeman said, “drive the tractors there and go have lunch. We’ve been doing that for 10 years.”
    The club also attends other shows, and frequently makes appearances in Hutchinson parades.
    “We meet every third Thursday at the Plaza Grill in South Hutchinson, except for the month of December,” Freeman said. “If a person wants to join, just ask any member.”
    Among the members was Keith Ensz of Inman, whose fully restored 1937 Model D John Deere has been in the family for three generations.
    “My grandpa Henry Ensz bought it new in ’37,” Ensz said. “My brothers eventually parked it in a hedge row. I got the wild idea to restore it, and had to cut down a mulberry tree to get at it. It was in a thousand different parts. Now, it’s just about 100 percent original.”
    With enthusiasts like Ensz in the group, Freeman said he was hopeful bigger events would come in the future.
    “I hope for bigger and better every year,” Freeman said. “Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. You just have to go with the flow.”
    Those interested in joining the Great Plains Antique Tractor Club can contact Elbert Freeman at 620-727-2824.
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