Tractors of all brands to parade at Carrico
By GAYLE WEBER
In celebration of John Deere's 175th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the Hays branch of Carrico Implement, more than 100 -- and hopefully at least 175 -- tractors will be parading this weekend through the dealership's parking lot on the north side of Hays.
With all of those anniversaries, the third annual Old Iron Classic Antique Tractor Show had to be something a little more special than usual, said Cindy Eichman, event organizer.
"They don't have to be John Deere tractors, we just want everybody to come and have a good time," Eichman said.
The 175 tractor goal represents the 175 years John Deere has been in business. Although Carrico Implement started out in 1955 selling Minneapolis-Moline machinery, the dealership with locations in Beloit, Ellsworth and Hays switched to John Deere in 1986, Eichman said.
"It shows a true way of life out here in western Kansas ... for a corporation to be around that many years," Eichman said.
The tractor show began three years ago as a way to celebrate farmers, who normally make a trip to Carrico Implement when their machinery is broken down or in need of parts. The day unites old with young, aficionados with curious youngsters.
The show begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with pre-registered tractors being entered Friday and from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday. A mechanic at the dealership, Aaron Herl, will lead the Fort Hays State University Agronomy Club and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity in the national anthem to start the show.
The slow-poke race is at 10 a.m., and a tractor pedal pull for children ages 4 to 12 follows at 11 a.m. A parade of tractors will be at 1 p.m., with awards given out at 2 p.m. Sunflower Clydesdales will give rides throughout the day.
For more information, visit www.carricoimplement.com or call Eichman at (800) 658-4640 or (785) 625-2219.