As you may have read in one of my previous columns, I drove a tractor in my first organized tractor ride this year — the WHO Radio Great Tractor Ride — and had a ball. I was fortunate enough to be provided with a tractor with a double seat so that Mary, who had never been on a tractor (Can you believe it — a small-town Iowa girl?) could accompany me. My appetite whetted, I was hankering for another ride. The problem, of course, is that I don’t own a tractor. So, I did what any red-blooded American male would do — I pleaded and begged until a group let me join their ride and, here’s the best part — furnish me with a tractor — one with a buddy seat so that Mary could go along. Yep.
The Big Creek Tractor Association, Inc. in Mt. Pleasant is having its fall tractor ride on Saturday, Sept. 21. It will leave from the Old Tractor Headquarters at the Old Thresher’s grounds in Mt. Pleasant at 8:30 a.m., head for Wayland for a snack, then go through Brighton to Polishville for a stuff-yourself-’til-you-hurt farm lunch. From there it will travel to Lockridge for an afternoon break, then back to Mt. Pleasant. All-in-all, it should be a grand ride on a beautiful fall day. Rain date will be Sept. 28, if necessary.
And it’s even for a good cause. Proceeds will go to the local youth trapshooting club. In years past, proceeds have gone to H2O (Help to Others), Dollars for Scholars, John Hays Water Purification, and Drive-a-Tractor. Drive a Tractor is a program started by the late Dave Timmerman, whereby kids (or adults) who have never driven a tractor, or want to drive one, are allowed to do so at Old Thresher’s.