Great Nebraska Tractor Ride Coming Up This Weekend
KTIC Radio is once again proud to host the 9th Annual Great Nebraska Tractor Ride. More than 175 antique tractors and their drivers will gather at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wayne on Friday, June 13th for breakfast and a safety meeting, to prepare for the two day, 84 mile journey, which concludes Saturday June 14th back in Wayne.
Elwood Meier of Pierce has taken each of the past eight years and will be leading his fellow farmers this weekend in northeast Nebraska.
"The people at KTIC have done such an outstanding job of going different places and seeing different things. And every year is a different route. You know, I have friends that come down from North Dakota, I have friends from northern South Dakota that come, friends from all through Nebraska that are friends of mine. All of us are just intrigued about what we're going to see new this year."
Drivers will make tracks north Friday morning, taking a break at approximately 9:30 am at the UNL Haskell Research farm, east of Concord. Then it's on to Martinsburg for a memorable lunch hosted by Bob's Bar. Next, the tractors turn south for a break in Allen at 2:00 pm. The first day will come to a close after arriving in Wayne for a steak supper sponsored by the Northeast Nebraska Cattlemen held at Heritage Homes.
Saturday morning, the tractors will depart Heritage Homes at 6:15 am, where they'll head east to Wakefield for the Great Nebraska Tractor Ride's very first sunrise ride. After a legendary omelet feed at the Wakefield American Legion the tractors and riders will cruise up Main Street of Wayne around 9:30 am to end back where it all started at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. The public is encouraged to attend the breaks along the route and view all the tractors. The breaks at Concord, Allen and Wakefield are freewill donation fundraisers for the hosting group.
"The Great Nebraska Tractor Ride is a summer tradition for many of our riders. There are riders of all ages and tractors of all colors," said KTIC Station Manager Dwight Lane. "We encourage the public to come see the tractors at a break or anywhere along the route. The tractor riders are always excited to see spectators. There are always a few pickups parked on gravel roads with lawn chairs in the back, waiting to see what a line of 175 tractors really looks like!"
The tractors will include John Deere 4020s, Ford Jubilees and Farmall H's. Some of the more rare tractors this year include a John Deere 4620 FWA, Case 1030 and an Oliver 2255.
For the complete route, meal information and other details, listen to 840 KTIC am or 107.9, The Bull. Or visit "http://www.nebraskatractorride.com". You can also email Nikki Hagedorn at email@example.com.
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