The place to be this Saturday is riding on a tractor in Carroll County, Ind. Get your weekend off to a good start and join the fun. It’s the annual Delphi FFA Tractor Drive, and the goal is to fill the parking lot with tractors before the drive kicks off Saturday morning.
You can bring an Empire, a Case SC, a brand-new John Deere — you could probably even bring a Waterloo Boy as long as it runs. Show up with any kind of tractor and $35 for registration at the Delphi High School parking lot in Delphi June 16. Registration begins at 8 a.m. EDT, and the safety meeting and tractor drive begin at 9 a.m. sharp. Pre-registration is not necessary. You can register on-site.
Doug Walker, FFA advisor and ag teacher at the school, says they hope to make this a record year for number of tractors in the drive. The ag program has restored more than 25 tractors under Walker’s guidance over the past few years. Included on that list are the author’s Massey-Harris 44 and Co-op E3.
This year’s tractor drive will cover 28 miles in Carroll County, Walker says. A sheriff’s department escort helps ensure safe travel. Lunch is provided with registration and creates a great time to meet and talk with fellow drivers. Some people participate in these tractor drives often, while others may be there for the first time.
If you’re worried about running out of gas or a tractor breakdown, Walker has that covered, too. There’s always a UTV bringing up the rear for support, and there’s always a tractor available to give a tow when necessary.
You may think Carroll County is flat, but count on Walker to find some challenging landscapes to make sure the older tractors and drivers still have what it takes to get around. All colors, makes and ages of tractors are welcome.
For more details, email Walker at [email protected].