Expanded tractor show, ag day to be Aug. 7 in Cambridge

Sandy Hull
Dale and Sharon Casteel of Cambridge show off their Minneapolis Moline IT during the tractor portion of the Cambridge Main Street Family Fest last year. Spec Cast of Dwyers, Iowa, contact the Casteels and asked them if it would be possible to make a toy sized replica of the tractor and they agreed. After a number of visits to Cambridge, the company made 400 toy sized tractors for the general public with some of those going to Casteel family members. The replica of the tractor is on the top of the full sized tractor. Dale found the tractor sitting in an orchard in Orion and restored it back to its original condition. The Casteels use to travel all over the country with their tractors, but for now are staying closer to home. They had seven tractors on display.

    Last year, an antique tractor show was held in conjunction with Cambridge Main Street Fest and Car Show. This year, the show will be expanded and held separately according to Karen Hutchinson, one of the show’s organizers.

    The show will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, in downtown Cambridge with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and the show running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    “Last year, we had close to 200 antique tractors,” Hutchinson stated. “We want to expand that number and add some new things to the lineup this year.”

    New this year will be “hit- and-miss motors,” old motors that were used for washing machines, wells pumps and other things; a semi tractor show and a farm tractor show.

    Kevin Echelberger of Cambridge is in charge of the “hit-and-miss motors.” They will be displayed at Cambridge Heritage Park on the corner of Locust and Prospect Street.

    The antique tractors will be displayed in Veterans Memorial Park right across the street from Heritage Park.

    “Last year, Cambridge mayor James Crouch, chose a Massey Harris tractor as his favorite tractor of the show,” said Hutchinson. “I wonder which tractor will be selected this year?”

    The semi tractor and farm tractor show will be held on Prospect Streets.

    A pedal pull also will be held. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. near the antique tractor pull with the pull set to  begin at 1 p.m. Everyone who enters the pedal pull will be entered into a drawing to win an actual pedal pull tractor.

    There will also be a pedal pull tractor show for anyone wishing to display them.

    Several other children’s activities are slated throughout the day including a corn box, similar to a sand box, provided by Michlig Agri Center, Cambridge. Some other old fashioned games are planned like a potato sack race, egg and spoon race and possibly an obstacle course.

    “We are also hoping to have some new farm equipment on display which can be purchased,” stated Hutchinson. “The group is also working to obtain craft vendors and other ag vendors.”

    A number of local organizations will be selling food items. The Cambridge Historical Society will be selling pulled pork sandwiches, homemade pie and ice cream. The Henry County Fair Association will be selling hot dogs and brats as a fund-raiser. The Cambridge Champs 4-H Club will be selling root beer floats and other drinks.

    The club will also have their personalized pans for sale during the event.

    Short-term volunteers are needed to help throughout the day and donations of any type are also welcome. Donations will be used toward advertising, portable restrooms and tent rental.

    “We are also looking for items for the 100 goodie bags that we will be distributing,” stated Hutchinson. “Anyone wishing to donate should contact me at 937-5859.”

    The entire show will be handicap accessible. Golf carts and scooters are welcome for those who are physically challenged.

    “We are just looking at preserving ag history in a fun  non competition way,” stated Hutchinson. “I hope everyone comes out and enjoys the day.”

    The Old, Odd and Unusual Museum will be open during the day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Almost 200 antique tractors were featured in the antique tractor show last year in Cambridge. This year the antique tractor show will be expanded and held separately from the Cambridge Main Street Family Fest and Auto Show. The show is set Saturday, Aug. 7, in downtown Cambridge.