Almost every little kid loves to see big machinery.  At least I know that when our four kids were little they would get pretty excited about seeing different large vehicles driving by.  Getting to see them up close and personal did not happen as often as they would have liked.   Opportunities were limited.  This is not true tomorrow in Lincoln.  Children of all ages will have the opportunity to see all sorts of vehicles on display.  The rest of the information below is directly from Lincoln Children’s Museum who is hosting the largest “Tractors, Trucks, Planes and Trains” event this area has ever seen.

Tractors in LincolnThe event, sponsored by, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th on the West side of the airport grounds via NW 48th St. The large space, which is best known for hosting the Guardians of Freedom Air Show, is needed to host the over 30 giant machines that will be on display for the experience. Children of all ages are invited to see their favorite vehicles up-close and even ride a mini train or two. Tickets are $5 for Museum members and $7.50 for non-members and are available at

  • Tractor – provided by Larsen Tractor Museum
  • Side-Dump Semi Truck – provided by Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Mini Trains giving FREE rides – provided by BSNF & Cortland Improvement Association
  • Planes – provided by Duncan Aviation & Performance Aircraft
  • Mini Excavator – provided by Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co.
  • SWAT Light Armored Vehicle (Tank) – provided by Nebraska State Patrol
  • Firetrucks – provided by Lincoln & Seward Fire & Rescue
  • Helicopter – provided by Nebraska State Patrol
  • Model Trains – provided by Lincoln Area Railway Historical Society
  • Police Cars – provided by Seward County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln Police Department
  • City Bus – provided by Star Tran
  • Bucket Truck – provided by Lincoln Electric System
  • Mobile Command Post – provided by Nebraska State Patrol
  • Posi-Track Loader – provided by Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Garbage Truck – provided by Uribe Refuse
  • Children’s Fire Safety House (Smoke House) – provided by Lincoln Fire & Rescue
  • UNL Husker Band Semi Truck – provided by Crete Carrier
  • Ambulance – provided by Midwest Medical Transport
  • Rollover Simulator Truck – provided by Nebraska State Patrol
  • Nine Car Hauler Semi Truck – provided by Nationwide Auto Transport
  • Delivery Truck – provided by United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Road Plow and Snow Blower Trucks – provided by Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Slope Mower – provided by Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Train Safety Simulator – provided by Operation Lifesaver
  • Thermo Refrigeration Truck – provided by Thermo King Christensen
  • Street Sweeper – provided by Clean Rite Sweeping & Parking Lot Maintenance Co.
  • Pedal Loader

The event has much more to offer families outside of just wheels and wings. Old car seats can be brought to be recycled for free by Tracy’s Collision Center. MilkWorks is hosting a tent for nursing mothers with changing tables. Nebraska State Patrol will be doing child fingerprinting as part of their child safety and awareness initiative and seat belt convincer demonstrations. Operation Lifesaver, Safe Kids, Golden Spike Tower and other organizations will have information and free goodies to promote safety education.

My family is quite excited to attend tomorrow, and we appreciate the tickets that were given to us by the Lincoln Children’s Museum.  I will be posting pictures of some of our favorite machines on my Nebraska Odyssey Instagram if you are unable to attend in person.  Should be a beautiful August Saturday in Eastern Nebraska!



Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.