Platte Valley Antique Machinery Association holds 31st show

Dave Babcock of Spring Ranch competes in the tractor pull
during the Platte Valley Antique and Machinery Association
Antique and Collector Show at Crystal Lake in 2013.

AYR - The Platte Valley Antique Machinery Association’s 31st annual antique and collectors show is this weekend at Crystal Lake Recreation Area near Ayr.

The weekend festivities begin on Friday, as participants will take off in their annual tractor drive across Adams County. The trek will cover about 30 miles.

Tractors will leave Crystal Lake about 1:30 p.m. and travel at an estimated 10 mph. Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m.

“We are hoping for about 100 tractors this year of all ages and sizes,” said Donna Wilton, group secretary and show coordinator. “We encourage tractors to at least be able to go 10-12 miles per hour, so they don’t fall behind. We try to bunch them up together so we don’t lose anybody along the way. It’s no fun being on a tractor drive if you’re out there by yourself. There will be a couple pit stops along the way.”

The tractors will be traveling mostly on country roads, according to Wilton.

“We will, of course, cross Highway 281 and we are hoping to have some highway patrol or sheriff’s deputies help us cross,” she said.

The antique and collectors show takes place Saturday and Sunday at Crystal Lake, which is about a mile north of Ayr.

“We have signs in town directing people where to turn to get out to the park,” Wilton said.

She said that this year the event will feature Oliver, Hart, Parr and White tractors and equipment, but all brands are welcome.

There will be a wine and beer tasting event Saturday from 3:30-7 p.m. There will be a tractor pull and parades both days. Field demonstrations, such as wheat threshing and corn shelling, also will take place throughout the event.

Wilton said another attraction during the event has been the “large flea market display” with everything from small engines to antiques vehicles, children’s games and food vendors.

If available, a Midwest Midair helicopter is expected to land at the show Sunday around 10 a.m.

There will be music Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as well as from 4-7 p.m. right.

Saturday evening at 7, there will be a presentation by Col. Tom Brewer of Beatrice.

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