KICD Radio in Spencer is celebrating its 10th annual Antique Tractor Ride with a two-day ride through the beautiful Little Sioux River Valley, June 12 and 13, based in Cherokee.
Who knew that 10 years ago tractor rides all over the country would become so popular?
Maybe it's the leisurely pace you travel down the road, having the opportunity to really "see" what you may have driven by hundreds of times?
Maybe it's the opportunity to do something with your family and reminisce about the "good old days" when this tractor was working on Dad or Grandpa's farm?
Maybe it's the camaraderie and talking with other tractor enthusiasts?
Whatever the reason, 250 riders from eight different states will be traveling about 150 miles through one of northwest Iowa's most beautiful scenic areas, featuring freshly planted fields and green pastures.
The ride is limited to the first 250 riders and all the spaces were filled back in September, with a number people on the waiting list. Riders mark their calendars a year in advance to go on this ride. They look forward to hearing the sound of their classic tractor engines and mingling with hundreds of other tractor enthusiasts. They'll grab their SMV sign, some sunscreen, rain suit, and hit the road.
For the 10th anniversary, organizers are returning to some of the scenic areas included on the first Antique Tractor Ride near Cherokee. This year's event is hosted at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds - located on the south edge of Cherokee - just off U.S. Hwy 59. The tractors will be parked there overnight for the public viewing and will leave from there each morning beginning at 7 a.m.
On Friday, June 12, there will be a morning break at the historical Hanover Village, lunch served at the Holstein Community Building by the Volunteer Fire Department, and an afternoon break in Quimby, hosted by the Fire Department and the Town and Country Club.
The day will be capped off with an antique tractor pull under the direction of the Milford Antique Tractor Pullers. The Pull will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, and is open to the public. The Cherokee Ag Committee will be serving refreshments.
Saturday's ride takes us to the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church for a morning break, then lunch in Primghar at the O'Brien County Fairgrounds, and an afternoon stop at O'Brien County's Dog Creek Park, south of Sutherland, hosted by the Cherokee Cavaliers 4-H Club.
The public is invited to come look at the tractors and participate in all of the refreshment stops, as they are fundraisers for local community service organizations.
KICD Antique Tractor Ride sponsors include Green Plaines Grain, LLC, The Motor Works/Robert's Carburetor Repair, Northwest Bank, Jacobsen Seed, Jaycox Implement, Arnold Motor Supply, MaxYield Cooperative, Spencer International, Jackson Sports, LLC, Clay and Dickinson County Farm Bureau, and the Milford Antique Tractor Pullers Association.