Steam engines and prairie tractors to come together in world record attempt Saturday |

Steam engines and prairie tractors to come together in world record attempt Saturday

The picture of early life on the prairie, complete with steam engines and big tractors, came to life in a central Kansas field Sept. 10, as organizers attempted to set a record for the Guinness Book of World Records.

The public saw 10 steam engines and big prairie tractors plow through a field just south of Concordia, Kan., all day Saturday.

“Providing, the engine nor the plow doesn’t break down, a record will probably be set,” Kocher said. “We’ll have about five steam engines turning dirt at the same time, emerging from two sides of the field and then passing each other. We have to go five minutes, uninterrupted, to start a record.”

Co-organizers Brad Smith and Kurt Kocherpaired-up with Cloud County Tourism officials to hold the event in late August, but several days of rain left the field too muddy. In August, they exhibited the implements and re-scheduled the attempt at achieving a world record.

As of June, Smith said no Guinness record existed in this category.

The event ran from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10. The steam engines were set to fire up at about 10:30 a.m. and head into the field at 1151 Hawk Road, Glasco, KS 67445. The field is 2.5 miles west of Highway 81 on Hawk Road.

-Amy Hadachek


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