Farm Horizons, October 2012

Hollywood Plow Day attracts with tractors

By Starrla Cray

About 100 tractor enthusiasts came out to watch old-fashioned plowing demonstrations in Hollywood Township Sept. 8, and organizer Larry Kassulker is hoping to attract an even bigger crowd in 2013.

The inaugural Hollywood Plow Day took place in Kassulker’s field on Utah Drive in Mayer, two miles southwest of the Hollywood Sports Complex.

“I would like some feedback from everyone who was there, both spectators and plowers, before I plan next year’s,” Kassulker noted.

He would also like input from farmers who remember field work from days gone by.

“Next year, I plan on including how we planted and checked corn 50 years ago,” Kassulker noted.

During this year’s event, 17 to 19 antique tractors of various brands, such as John Deere, International Harvester, Allis Chalmers, and more showed up for plowing demonstrations. Some had their own old-time plows, while others used extra plows Kassulker had purchased at an auction.

Rides on a horse-drawn wagon were given, and St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood Township served brats, hot dogs, and pop.

The free event gave visitors an opportunity to see how plowing was done before the day of modern equipment, and how agriculture has changed in the past 50 years.

Kassulker said he appreciates all the people who helped make Hollywood Plow Day possible.

“Most of the guys plowing I never got a chance to talk to and thank them for coming,” he noted.

To provide input for the 2013 Hollywood Plow Day, contact Kassulker at (952) 955-2755 or e-mail

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