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Tractor show invites visitors to step back in time

Travelling to the past seems impossible but with some teamwork, antique farm equipment, and a lot of antique tractors, the Back in Time Tractor organization and the Medford High School FFA and FFA alumni will allow people the opportunity to take a glimpse into the past and experience a world that existed without the technology we take for granted today.

These organizations are collaborating with the Taylor County Literacy Council and the Kuse Farm Museum and Nature Preserve in order to give the people of Taylor County a back in time experience that will include activities such as scavenger hunts, Blacksmith demonstrations, hands on and educational stations, a tractor ride, peddle tractor pulls, and more.

The tractor display will be located at the Medford school barn and will include around 100 antique tractors and other olden day farm equipment. The peddle pulls and other tractor activities will take place in this location. Food and vendors will be located on site.

From the Medford school barn, people will have the opportunity to take an antique tractor ride to the Kuse Farm Museum and Nature Preserve. The 75-year-old tractor is owned by Hildegard Kuse and was used on the Kuse farm. The ride will be along the Kuse nature trails. The rides will take place both days at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

At the Kuse property, visitors can participate in scavenger hunts that will take place in the old barn and log cabin. During the scavenger hunts people will see antique tools and other items with detailed descriptions of what they were used for and the history behind them. The items will range from farm to kitchen tools.

Hands-on educational stations will be set up for children to learn about sustainability. Some of the stations provide information about Native American history and how natural resources were used to create tools and other items. Children will see how fire was transported in tinder fungi that held hot coals. They will also learn about the toys that were made out of natural materials and be given tips on how to make their own toys and games from reusable materials.

The Taylor County Literacy council will be providing tractor reference books to go alongside the tractor show and agricultural books for children who are visiting the Kuse property. The Back in Time Tractor Show will take place on August 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.