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There's Still Time to Be Part of Indiana FFA Tractor Drive

One-of-a-kind event coming April 18.

History takes its place alongside current technology when the Indiana FFA Tractor Drive heads off for about a 40-mile drive on Saturday, April 18. Tractors of yesteryear, tractors from the '60s and'70s and even perhaps tractors from today will be part of the drive.

The concept is simple. Bring your favorite tractor to the Indiana FFA Center near Trafalgar, and join in with dozens of other tractor enthusiasts on a ride through scenic southern Johnson County. This year's route will feature stops to learn some history about Camp Atterbury, again an active Army base in central Indiana. The Camp was established in the early 1940's, carved out of farmland from Johnson, Bartholomew and Brown Counties. Farm families were displaced for the good of the war effort. Today, much of that land not needed by the military is in either park or state wildlife recreational areas. The tour path is designed to help give you a good look at this historic and changing area. And at 12 to 15 miles per hour, you will get a good look!

Kerry Graves comes from Greene County because he loves to show off his prize International form the '60s, and maybe more importantly, because he finds its fun to share a few hours with other farmers and tractor lovers. Seeing a different part of the country than he sees driving from field to field in his part of the world is also a plus, he notes. This is the third annual Indiana FFA Tractor Drive. Graves drove in the previous two drives.

The drive is open to clubs who want to bring their antique tractors and ride as a group, and to individuals who just enjoy tinkering with tractors, and who want a day to air out their favorite piece of machinery. Local law enforcement officials provide an escort through intersections at key points. The Indiana FFA Foundation executive director, Brian Buchanan, typically leads the expedition in his own vehicle. Last year, Tim Newcomb, co-founder of the drive and a former Indiana FFA Foundation Board member, brought up the tail end with a John Deere tractor from the '60s.

Newcomb, Hamilton County, works for Becks Hybrids at Atlanta. Becks Hybrids and Indiana Prairie Farmer are co-sponsors for the event. Money raised from donations to ride goes toward helping the Indiana FFA Foundation help FFA members by providing awards and incentives for members all across Indiana.

It's not too late to join in on the fun. For information and contact info, visit www.indianaffa.org on the Web. A donation of $50 will get you a spot in the day's ride. Snacks, lunch and tons of hospitality are included. Don't miss it!

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