WNAX and the Tri-State Old Iron Association will be holding their first annual Antique Tractor Ride July 12-14 in southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska.
More than 200 entrants from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska will participate in the two-day ride. Registration will be held on Thursday evening, July 12, with the tractor ride kicking off Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. in Yankton, S.D.
During the first leg of the route participants will travel through northeast Nebraska including the Gavins Point Dam area and the communities of Crofton and Bloomfield. The ride will end that evening in Yankton where participates will take part in a parade in the historical downtown area starting at 5:15 p.m. The parade will be emceed by WNAX Farm Director Michelle Rook and conclude at Riverside Park followed by a pork barbeque and entertainment by the Bumblebees.
The second day of the ride the participants will also start off at 7:00 a.m. from Yankton. The route will take participants through southeastern South Dakota and the communities of Volin and Wakonda and finally end up in Yankton for the conclusion.
The WNAX-Tri-State Old Iron Association Antique Tractor Ride will showcase 200 of the best antique tractors in the region, both restored and those preserved in their original condition.
The idea for the WNAX-Tri-State Old Iron Association Antique Tractor Ride originated with Association President Rodger Harts and Treasurer Gary Copperstone, both of Yankton.
"The tractor ride is an opportunity for antique tractor owners to proudly display a part of agricultural history." Harts said many of the owners have had these tractors in their family for generations and are proud to own a piece of history and share it with others. Many others have spent hundreds of hours restoring their tractors and have unique stories about this labor of love.
In addition to WNAX and the Tri-State Old Iron Association, the event is also sponsored by Graham Tire of Yankton.