When the Excelsior Springs Park and Recreation Department invited us to bring one of our farm tractors to the Touch A Truck event at the Excelsior Springs High School parking lot on a Saturday morning in September, Jason, our
son and Director of Operations quickly and gladly said, “Yes!” We are very interested in
education and this seemed a great opportunity.
The great adventure began at early dawn with moving the tractor and putting the brush
forks on the front and the sprayer on the back.
After getting the tractor, truck and trailer sprayed clean with the pressure washer, since no one really wants to see a dirty tractor, though, that is a part of farm life, Jason took the tractor to town.
Cliff had to stay at the farm so he could finish planting with the “no-till” drill
in some poor sections of our pasture. We are planting a diverse seed mix of radishes, turnips and also some grass. Yes, cattle will eat these and the plants do wonders for
helping poor soil.
Along with the tractor, we brought a hand sprayer and some potted plants to show the children how a tractor and sprayer work together.
The child would pump the sprayer, pretending he or she was a tractor, and then
take the spray hose and squirt water on the plants.
The children had great fun
and we could explain to the parents where the spray nozzles were on the
sprayer so they could get the idea of what we were showing. It was a very hot day, close to 90 degrees and many times I wished the children had sprayed me instead of the plants!
Granddaughter Norah enjoyed showing the children how to pretend they were tractors
and pump and spray! At the end of their turn, we pretended that we took them to the barn and turned off their engines. It’s fun pretending!
The Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce had their trolley there also,
as you can see in this picture. The trolley has a Wine Tour approximately
twice a month and brings guests who are looking for a unique way to
There were many different kinds of trucks and service vehicles.
There were sirens and horns and bells going off throughout the
Overall it was a lot of fun. Every once in a while, we need to
do things that are just fun and support the community.