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 06-23-2006, 16:23 Post: 131312
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Over the past few years the organized tractor rides have really becom a popular thing around here, three or four so far this summer. Most last for three or four days covering a couple hundred miles or so. The county fairgrounds or anyone with lots of parking room is more than glad to have them come thru town for all the motel, food and refreshment business it generates not only from the riders but tons of people show up just to look at all the old tractors. I just wondered if this is a midwest thing or if other parts of the country have them too. Frank.






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 06-23-2006, 16:31 Post: 131314
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It's a midwest thing I think, a local fella tried to organize one here a few years back to drum up free publicity for an annaul steam & old tractor show.

Both local politicians and the police were against it. Being so close to a big city they figured it would create a commuter nightmare.

We have had several this past year as protests though. Sure gets the medias attention when we shut down commuter highways with convoys of tractors and farm trucks heading to the legislature building!!! Every machine has a big sign in the back window, usually something like "Farmers feed cities!!" or "If you ate today, thank a farmer!!".

Very few do anything but support, although it's amazing how many people think we're number 1 as they go by!! Laughing out loud.

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 06-23-2006, 16:32 Post: 131315
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Several "ole geezers" me included, but I'm not an OG, will drive the old iron around the townships on a Sunday afternoon here. Speaking of which gotta get the M out.

We have many more antique tractor pulls. Plus all the farm shows during the summer. We also have the steam engine/tractor shows with reaping threashing jump balers etc.

And currently the major draw is "GRASSCAR" souped up lawnmower racing...






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 06-23-2006, 23:11 Post: 131344
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We had an organized tractor ride just about a month ago. Only about 12-15 showed up, but the organizers are planning to promote it better next year. I took my Farmall A, but turned around early and did about 15 miles of the planned 20-some mile trip (The A is slow and rides stiff-next year taking the Super C). This was on single-lane county roads with little traffic, and we pulled over occasionally to let cars by.

There are a few informal tractor "shows" during the year, no prizes or judging, just guys bring their old tractors and sit around in the parking lot of local businesses. Usually have a pretty good turnout.

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 06-25-2006, 16:57 Post: 131358
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Iowa has a pretty big one each year. You have to sign up early to get a spot. It's a multi-day ride. I think maybe 5 days? I could be wrong. A friend of mine drives it a day or two each year with his dad. It always makes the news and looks like a good time.






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 06-25-2006, 17:17 Post: 131360
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A ride started this morning from Dubuque to Sioux City then back to Waterloo by next weekend. That is close to 450 miles with 100 tractors. Last week one went thru eastern Iowa with 450 tractors. I did'nt believe it either, but yes 450 tractors. I haven't gone on one yet, a worn out back and an "H" Farmall don't mix too well for that long of a trip. Seems like soon as one is announced the reservations are sold out in a day or so. Most all are sponsored by a farm radio station with pretty stringent rules far as mirrors, safety equipmment, etc. Have a brat and a suds watching to old iron roll past. Frank.






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 06-26-2006, 07:07 Post: 131366
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In my part of the southeast I don't know of tractor rides other than as part of parades (normally in Christmas Parades). In viewing the JD videos it seems they are shot in the midwest given support to the idea they are big in the midwest.

Totaly guessing here but farmers here are very busy in the summer with tobacco, watermelons and other crops that are harvested then or require a lot of spraying or such to the point they not able to take off. I think the nature of the crops has some impact with the regions.






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 06-26-2006, 08:27 Post: 131374
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There was a nice one along the Mississippi on June 2&3 this spring. I saw them heading north through Prairie Du Chien WI on Saturday while I was heading south on my motorcycle. Then on Sunday when I was heading north across the river near Harpers Ferry IA they were heading south. It was at least 50 miles from where I saw them the day before.

I would say there were 50-60 in total. Fords, Farmalls, Allis Chalmers a few green ones (JD and Olivers), a couple of Minneapolis Molines. Most of them had sunshades mounted over the seats. I spent 10 minutes waving at them all and they all had big smiles on their faces. I'd say they were having fun. Smile
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 06-27-2006, 11:22 Post: 131436
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I remembered this post yesterday as I was stuck in the FSA parking lot as the tractor ride rolled through main street in Newton, IA. I figured what the heck, so I walked to the sidewalk and watched them go buy. Only cost me about 10 minutes or so. Some people have them rigged up for travel pretty nicely. Like the double seats so the wife can ride behind you. Some very nice old tractors.

I'm going to miss that if I have to move.






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 06-27-2006, 13:40 Post: 131440
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On this side of Michigan we have the "Gera Tractor club" that has an annual tractor show corresponding with the Bavaria Festival located in Frankenmuth something like the 2nd weekend of June. Gera is a berg about 4 miles North of town. The neighboring bar owner has an outdoor brat stand. His mom makes an awesome brat and brat sauce combination complete with sauerkraut. If you type "gera tractor days" in google you can read about it. Believe they have an annual tractor drive going from bar to bar in neigboring small towns/villages.

It don't get no better than that. Tractors, beer & brats!!






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