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Delphi FFA Tractor Drive raises money for local ag scholarships

2016 Delphi FFA tractor drive
READY TO ROLL: The author is first in line on the left hand side to start the 2016 Delphi FFA Tractor Drive. He’s driving the Massey-Harris 44 restored by Delphi FFA members.
You won’t have more fun anywhere else than in Carroll County on June 17!

Maybe it’s not the Indy 500, but rolling out of the parking lot in a string of tractors behind a sheriff’s patrol car still gets the adrenaline pumping. If you haven’t ever experienced that feeling, here is your chance to do so. The Delphi FFA is hosting its third annual tractor drive on June 17. You can be part of that long line of tractors parading through Delphi and Carroll County, enjoying the countryside as well as the fellowship of other drivers before, after and during lunch.

“We use the proceeds to help fund FFA scholarships,” says Doug Walker, Delphi High School vocational-agriculture instructor and FFA advisor. “Our students loved going to other tractor drives over the past decade, so two years ago we decided to host our own tractor drive.”

Roughly 40 tractors and drivers have participated each of the past two years. Walker is hoping for even more tractors in the event this year. The drive consists of about a 30-mile ride through Carroll County, mostly on rural roads, beginning and ending at the Delphi High School parking lot.

Several of the tractors in the drive were restored in the Delphi ag shop as part of the ag mechanics class. The program has restored some 25 tractors over the past few years.

Registration is $25 by June 6 and $30 after June 6. That includes lunch, Walker says. You can enter the day of the drive, but pre-registration is encouraged.

To enter, fill out an entry form. It includes the rules of the drive. To obtain an entry form, email Walker at [email protected], or call 812-631-0448.

The Carroll County Antique Tractor and Machinery Club is a big supporter of the drive and Delphi FFA. However, you don’t have to own an older tractor to participate. Tractors of any age, size, brand, shape and description capable of traveling 30 miles in one day are welcome, Walker says.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. EDT. A drivers’ meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. EDT, with the first tractor pulling out of the parking lot as soon as the drivers’ meeting ends.

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