Old Time Plow Boys celebrate 30 years at their Summer Show
Tractors and farming implements from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. They are considered antiques.
Who would pour hours of time and money into keeping their equipment in pristine condition?
We, the members of the Old Time Plow Boys.
This 200 member organization started in May of 1990 by a group of local farmers who just wanted to see if the old tractors and equipment they owned could still be used to work the fields. Their first gathering was held on May 6 with thirteen tractors showing up at the farm fields of Arlan and Pauline Seidel in Mertztown. They had so much fun that they formed a club and they held their first show at the Lichtenwalner farm the first weekend in August which was in conjunction with the Das Awkscht Fescht.
Here they are, 30 years later, with the daughter of Arlan and Pauline, chairing the event. Cindy Herbein experienced the club in good times and not so good times, growing up with the Club.
The shows have moved from member’s farms to where they are today, the PA German Heritage Center which is part of the Kutztown University. This year’s Summer Show will be held on August 10 and 11 beginning at 10 a.m. The members farm the fields located on the Kutztown University land. During the 30th Annual Summer Show, those attending will have the opportunity to see how the fields have progressed since their Spring Plow Show on our wagon rides to the fields.
When asked what will be happening at the 30th Annual Summer Show, Cindy shared, “Our Spring Show is a time for our members to enjoy using their tractors to open the fields. The public just benefits from being able to watch them. The Summer Show was created to educate the public about farming and the heritage of antique farm equipment.” “This year’s Summer Show is going to have a combination of education and fun.” “On the education side, We are planning to have all sorts of demonstrations at the event just like we do when we are at the Kutztown Folk Festival.” “There will be music both days, kid’s events, tractor pulls, pedal tractor pulls for all ages, or daily tractor parade and, don’t forget the great homemade food.” To add more of a variety of vehicles to see, there will be a car and truck cruise on Saturday starting at 3:00 pm. Those wanting to participate may come at any time and we are encouraging all years, makes and models of cars.
Duane Otto, President of the Club shared, “We have some special surprises lined up for the 30th Annual Summer Show. We are planning to dedicate our Memorial Garden which had been created this past year. Some new items will be added to the garden in honor of our thirty years. You have to come to the event to see what we are planning.”
Come out and join them at their 30th Annual Summer Show on August 10 and 11 at the Pennsylvania German Heritage Center in Kutztown. Activities begin at 10 a.m. on both days. The Old Time Plow Boys Club prides itself in preserving the heritage of farm tractors and implements. You don’t need to own a tractor to become a member and they are always looking for new members to help continue their cause. What sometimes happens is you join the club, fall in love with a certain make and model of a tractor and before you know it, there is one sitting in your garage.
For the kids, the pedal tractor pulls are a number one favorite. This year the pedal tractor pulls are being sponsored by Carl & Allie’s Vintage Wheels and will see to it that every child goes home with a special prize for the 30th Anniversary. Other activities for the kids will include barrel rides, a scavenger hunt, and kid’s games.
For the big kids who love the big tractors, Saturday will be our Antique Tractor Pulls and Sunday will feature garden tractor pulls. If you are interested in participating in the pulls it is necessary for you to be a member of the club. Please see the details.
Want to just sit and enjoy the day?
There’s plenty to experience from our daily parade of tractors, a variety of vendors and crafters with all sorts of items to purchase, and music entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. The main attraction on Saturday will be our antique tractor pulls. We will be providing wagon rides to visit our fields plowed during the Spring Show.
Back by popular demand from our Spring Plow Show will be axe throwing by Axe Man with the Eastern Pa. Axetravaganza. You won't want to miss it. While enjoying all the activities, stop by our food stands for some great homemade food, soups, french fries, and burgers as well as yummy ice cream and desserts.
It’s an event that is a one of a kind experiences and one you won’t want to miss.
- Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Car Jamboree on August 23, 2019 7:00 AM
- General Membership Meeting on September 15, 2019 7:00 PM
- Gruber Wagon Works on October 6, 2019 11:00 AM
- General Membership Meeting on October 20, 2019 7:00 PM
- Halloween on October 31, 2019
- General Membership Meeting on November 17, 2019 7:00 PM
- Thanksgiving on November 28, 2019
- Christmas on December 25, 2019
- New Years Day on January 1, 2020
The Old Time Plow Boys Club Annual Spring Plow Show
Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
22 Luckenbill Rd Kutztown PA
Hosted by The Old Time Plow Boys Club Inc.
Help promote our Pennsylvania German heritage and farming history for future generations by joining us for our annual Spring Plow Show on April 27th and 28th. We have a great setting to demonstrate what this area was about, farming and Pennsylvania German culture, oh yes, and FOOD too! Our club members strongly love to show off their tractors and actually use them for what they were intended to do - put in a full days work. At our April show, club members till the land, something you will not see at many tractor shows, using antique farm equipment ranging from 1 to 3 bottom plows. We also disk the 30+ acres using antique machinery.
Homemade Food & Baked Goods, Vendors, Local Artisans and Craftsmen, Antique Tractor & Equipment Parade, Wagon Rides all day, Tractor Games, Children's Games and Crafts.
Special events will be happening each day.
Interested In Becoming A Member?
Our shows do not happen by themselves, it takes dedicated members to organize and put on the shows for everyone's enjoyment.
We look forward to you becoming a volunteer for the many "jobs" during and after our shows. The more hand we have to help us the better it is for everyone. You will have a good time and meet and make some great friends in the process!
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CALL: the Farm phone @ 610.683.6408