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Tractor-Powered Picnic Table
he Minneapolis Moline-powered picnic table is one of the most popular attractions at The Prairie Gold Rush MM Show in Shelbina, Mo. (Sept. 17-20, 2015).
  Clint Youse, one of the show’s organizers, came up with the idea about 5 years ago.
  “We wanted to have something to ride around shows on and have a conversation piece,” he explains.
  He started with a 1952 MM ZA tractor and bolted on a channel iron frame using the tractor’s cultivator mount holes. He used the front end off a parts tractor to support the end of the frame, which holds a picnic table with a metal frame and wood seats and top. He extended the steering shaft to the front end with a rod and bearing holders, and took the front tires off the tractor and mounted them on the extended wheels.
  “We widened the back wheels out for better stability,” Youse adds.
  The table holds about eight people and catches visitors’ attention at the show. While he occasionally uses it for private rides, Youse says it’s not used for rides for the public due to liability issues.
  It was an easy modification, he says, and the picnic table front end can be removed to restore the tractor back to its original condition.
  People are invited to check it out at the show in September.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, The Prairie Gold Rush, Clint Youse, 25868 Hwy. KK, Paris, Mo. 65275 (ph 660 651-4779; yousesteers@yahoo.com).

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