Though he no longer farms, Altergott said working with the antique tractors he brought to Saturday's AgriCulture Fest and Feast, keeps him closely tied with the roots he loves and appreciates.
The AgriCultural Fest and Feast attracted about 1,000 people to downtown
"We can't always bring the urban to the farm, so let's bring the farm to the urban," Hamling said. The proceeds benefitted the
Altergott made two trips to haul his tractors, a red Massey, orange Earth Master and classic
"It's a labor of love," Altergott said of repairing the machines. He has been working with antique tractors for the past four or five years, but Altergott's agricultural roots go much deeper.
Altergott's agriculture roots began with his grandparents, who migrated from
"It was a great life to grow up on a farm," he said. "If something broke you simply fixed it."
When Altergott was a junior in high school his family sold the farm. Still, hr searched for ways that he could use his farming skills, and he got a job working on a farm in the summers. For Altergott's three children, experiencing life on the farm was a little more distant, though they often would visit their grandparent's farm and even rode with their grandpa in his tractor.
For the Smith family, Altergott's antique tractors made them feel at home.
"We like to be around these kinds of things," said 11-year old Veronica.
"They are really interesting. I think it would be very hot to ride that," said her twin-brother, William.
"This was a good opportunity to share my culture and story," Altergott said.
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