By LESLIE MANNING
Tri-Rivers Fair Council
The 2022 Tri-Rivers Fair Board of Directors invites people to get inspired with presentations focused on innovative programs and projects impacting Saline County residents during the Inspiration Showcase and innovation on Saturday, August 6 at the Great Plains Manufacturing Convention Center at Tony’s Pizza Event Center. The showcase is paired with an outdoor event honoring past innovations, with an antique tractor display in the south parking lot of Tony’s Pizza Event Center, featuring tractors owned by Kansas Tractor Club members. The Kansas Tractor Club will also be offering tractor games during the outdoor show.
“There are a lot of stories behind these tractors,” said Michael Boldenow. “A lot of these tractors came during the war, when the armed forces needed more metal. The tractors have cast iron frames, because steel was used during the war, and when the war was over, they went back to steel tractors.”
Boldenow is president of the Kansas Tractor Club. The club will showcase members’ tractors and share stories at the Antique Tractor Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the south parking lot of Tony’s Pizza Event Center.
“The club involves pretty much anyone who wants to join, and we usually don’t leave more than an hour for shows,” Boldenow said. “It’s fun to talk about the history of these tractors. You get a lot of that from all the members.
According to Boldenow, the majority of the tractors on display were built between the years 1925 and 1955.
“We appreciate any tractor that comes along,” Boldenow said. “We are expecting more than 20 tractors from the Kansas Tractor Club on Saturday.”
One tractor Boldenow expects to exhibit is a Ford 8N.
“They did a lot,” Boldenow said. “These are really unique tractors because there aren’t many that are exactly the same. They changed them throughout the year, so they’re all different.
The Kansas Tractor Club will also host tractor games at noon on Saturday. Games will include the Chain Game which involves a tractor driver sliding the chain back and forth, dropping it into a box; a game of dropping pucks into a bucket while driving; a blind driving game, which involves a partner providing instructions to a blind driver; and the seesaw game, where a tractor rides a seesaw and must balance itself for an extended, measured amount of time.
The Kansas Tractor Club has over 70 members, some of whom own vintage tractors and some of whom do not. The club provides a $1,000 scholarship to club members each year to support a restoration project, and provides a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior each year. You can find information about the club on Facebook.
Saturday’s Inspiration and Innovation Showcase begins at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Lori Blake, Executive Director of Child Advocacy and Parenting Services, Salina. Parents and guardians attending the presentation will learn about the various free services available to support the full-time work of raising children of all ages. The presentation is titled Connections matter, and Blake hopes to empower good parents to be good parents. The presentation will include information about the value of safe and caring adults in children’s lives.
Tim Bartz, Long McArthur Ford, will take the stage at 11 a.m. to share details about Ford’s lineup of electrified vehicles. Long McArthur’s communications and marketing team has developed systems that allow the Ford dealership in Salina to ship an average of more than 50 vehicles out of state each month. Long McArthur Ford is the #1 Ford Maverick dealership in the United States, the #1 Super Duty dealership in Kansas and has won the Ford President Award three years in a row. Bartz will share electric vehicles available in Long McArthur’s inventory, including the 42mpg Ford Maverick Hybrid truck that can haul 1,500 pounds and tow up to 4,000 pounds; the Ford Mustang Mach-E which is an all-electric crossover that drives like a Mustang and consumes no fuel; the Ford F-150 Hybrid offering the best of both worlds with 13,000 pounds of towing and good city fuel economy; the Ford F-150 Lightning which is the first all-electric truck made in the United States with 10,000 pounds of towing and 775 pounds of torque; as well as other hybrid ranges like the Escape and the Explorer. Several of the electric vehicles will be on display in the circle of Tony’s Pizza Event Center during the showcase.
As federal decision-makers increasingly delegate policymaking to state and local governments, a relationship with local representation becomes all the more important. Clarke Sanders will take the stage at noon to share what he’s been working on representing District 69 in the Kansas House of Representatives, and a question and answer session will be hosted during available time.
Speaking of delegated federal action at the state and local levels, Phillip Smith-Hanes will present at 1 p.m. the money Saline County has received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Smith-Hanes collected surveys from Saline County residents to better understand where people wanted ARPA funding spent, and the highest priority communicated was getting back to business. Smith-Hanes has worked with tech companies to provide an app that consumers can download, and tech companies can use, to purchase and distribute ARPA funds to participating local businesses.
If you’re a local business owner, learn how to earn ARPA dollars by attending this presentation. For consumers, come find out how you can be part of a grassroots effort to support and provide recovery dollars to Saline County businesses.
At 1:30 p.m., Eric Brown of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce will follow the Saline County Business Resumption presentation, with information on leadership programs available to Saline County business owners. The presentation entitled, Ins and Outs of Local Community Leadership Programs, will focus on a high-level overview of two community leadership programs offered by the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. The Salina Leadership Program and the Springboard Program are designed to develop leaders who will have the skills and abilities to move our community forward by being trained with the tools needed to lead in the workplace and nonprofit sectors.
The ever-changing technology landscape continues to impact life in Saline County, and WCCiT Vice President Deven Fortkamp will identify ways to navigate these changes at 2:30 p.m. The presentation will cover aspects of cybersecurity including what it is, why it is necessary and hot to spot scans and phishing attempts. Fortkamp will also share what can be done to stay safe on the internet. The presentation will include true and personal stories related to cyberattacks and chilling statistics.
Continuing the trend of tech talk, Emanuel Ashiedu from the Salina Code Academy, will present at 3 p.m. on stage. The Saline Code Academy provides hands-on learning for elementary, middle, and high school-aged children, teaching them math, logical thinking, creativity, perseverance, problem solving, and strategy building with the power code. Ashiedu will share information on the courses available and the results he has seen during the short time the academy was open in Salina.
Did you know that Saline County and the City of Salina have set a goal to reduce solid waste throughout the county? Learn more about the goal, current efforts, and future plans by attending a 3:30 p.m. presentation by Jim Kowach, Public Works Operations Manager for the City of Salina, on the efforts of the Zero Waste Initiative. The presentation will define the objective of the Zero Waste Initiative; explain the Saline County Solid Waste Plan and the role of the Saline County Solid Waste Committee; describe current waste diversion efforts in Salina and Saline County; describe the solid waste sorting and recyclables composition study conducted in the spring of 2022 and describe ongoing and planned efforts to develop waste reduction strategies for the community.
Bring your kids to the air conditioning of the Great Plains Manufacturing Convention Center at 4 p.m. to hear a presentation from Rolling Hills Zoo staff. The presentation will cover a brief history of the zoo, as well as new exhibits and animals; upcoming events and future projects. The presentation will also share the SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program, explaining what it is and how Rolling Hills Zoo is involved. Three animal ambassadors will be invited during the presentation, allowing guests to approach the exhibits safely, without touching each other.
The showcase is headlined by a free concert and presentation provided by the Peterson Farm Bros at 5 p.m. In 2012, the Peterson Farm Bros released a parody video on YouTube titled, I cultivate and I cultivate. The video reached 12 million views, reaching 50,000 views in the first 48 hours online. To celebrate 10 years since the launch of the Peterson Farm Bros, Greg Peterson, Nathan Peterson and Kendal Peterson will take the stage, perform parodies and share their stories.