The tractors will be on display in a tent next to the fair’s big tent. They also will take part in the Parade of Power at the grandstand on Saturday, July 23, before the 7 p.m. tractor pull.
Restoring antique tractors is now a three-generation hobby for the Kranz family. A few years ago Kranz received a 1941 Farmall H, the same make, model and year that his own father purchased when he traded in his horses for a tractor.
Kranz — with his son, Mike, and grandson, Matt — restored it, learning about mechanics, bodywork, welding and much more along the way. Parts came from across the country.
“Sometimes it takes longer to get the part than to put it in place,” he said.
Another tractor that will be on display belongs to Kranz’s grandson. The 1951 Case SC was purchased new by Matt Kranz’s great-grandfather at a St. Paris hardware store. The younger Kranz, who will be a senior at Northeastern High School, won the FFA tractor restoration class at last year’s fair for his work.
The elder Kranz said the show will include information about each tractor, like where it came from and how many were made. And its story.
Alex Ryan, public relations coordinator for the Clark County Fair, said he believes this will be the first antique tractor show that the fair has hosted.