MCCUNE — Time to dust off those antique tractors and get ready to show them off. This Saturday the SEK Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club is holding its very first Tractor Cruise and the public is invited to bring their vintage plowing beauties.
The cruise will start at Michael Farms, 949 West 570th Avenue, in rural McCune. Those wishing to enter their tractor may do so starting at 8 a.m. with the cruise leaving the farm at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 and includes lunch.
The coordinator for the event is club member, Andy Smith. Smith who got into antique tractors with his father said he hopes the cruise will draw people who enjoy the hobby as well.
“This should be a lot of fun,” Smith said. “It’s always a great time when you get to get together with like minded people.”
The cruise will mostly roll on rural roads for the sake of traffic, although they will have a couple stops so the public has an opportunity to admire the tractors. The first stop will be the McCune Osage Township Library in McCune.
Roy Parsons, a volunteer historian at the historical department of the library, said the tractor cruise is a good opportunity to celebrate the agricultural history of the area.
“Pittsburg and Frontenac have their mining history, and we have our farming history,” Parsons said. “We hope this cruise shines a little light on our farming history.”
After visiting the library the cruise will visit Hickory Creek Farms, where they will have lunch. Smith said that the trip will allow people to see the tractors in a way they don’t have an opportunity to during shows.
“My father really wanted people to be able to see these running and moving,” Smith said. “We’ve seen these cruises done in other areas, and thought why not, lets go for it.”
More information on cruise can be obtained by calling Adam Smith at 620-238-9345.