It wasn't 20 minutes after veteran drivers recalled the first drive sixth years ago down through the middle of Indianapolis where rain pelted them and lightning flashed, finally forcing them to make a temporary stop, that the skies opened and a repeat performance occurred during the sixth annual Indiana FFA Tractor Drive recently.
"We moved it to the end of April to get better weather, and we got April weather in March and March weather in April," laments Lisa Chaudion, Indiana FFA Foundation Executive Director. The tractor drive is intended to help raise funds for the Foundation and promote good will for FFA.
While there have been drives with more tractors, there may not have been a drive in this series with a more colorful array of tractors. One young man brought his John Deere B all the way from Booneville to participate. It was a 1949 model, and it was the first year he was eligible to drive in the tractor event.
Doug Walker, adviser, and the Delphi FFA again brought the most tractors as a chapter. They put five tractors in the drive, and brought a total of nine people. Some of them wee truck drivers that helped get the members tractors to Johnson County for the annual event.
"We hoped to have a dozen tractors this year, but the weather was iffy and with all the complications of the early spring, we didn't make it," Walker says. "We'll try again. Our kids really enjoy this."
The 40-mile drive through Johnson County is escorted by sheriff's deputies. The group stopped for lunch at the Indiana FFA Center, located in southwestern Johnson County. Look for details for next year's drive and join the fun.