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June 20, 2012

WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride comes to southern Iowa for four days

CENTERVILLE — The tractors, up to 537, are coming to South Central Iowa June 24-27 for the WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride.  With more than 750 participants, and another 400 plus family members, this event promises to get people talking tractors.

“We are really excited to use Centerville as our home base this year,” said Janine Van Vark, one of the many coordinators of the event. “The people here have been absolutely fantastic to work with and have made us feel like we are at home and a part of their community.”

The WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride will begin on Sunday, June 24.  Tractors will be parked on Sunday at the Appanoose County Fairgrounds with registration beginning at 11 a.m. The evening meal will be around the Square in Centerville.  According to Van Vark, tractors and participants will begin rolling in sometime around 8 a.m. and continue arriving throughout the day.  

“Sunday is our gathering day, where the participants register, get their tractors shined up and this year will spend time sharing stories and remembering Mark Pearson.”  

We encourage the public to come and look over the tractors, visit with the drivers, look through our sponsor display area plus help us remember our best friend, founder of the WHO Tractor Ride and Big Show Host, Mark Pearson.

• Monday, June 25: Centerville to Corydon for lunch with stops at Mystic and Seymour.

Monday, June 25 the tractors start rolling at 7 a.m. toward their lunch stop in Corydon.  

“We’ll roll tractors out every 20 minutes on Monday morning. We find that putting some space between the groups helps with traffic control on the highways,” Van Vark said.  

With nine total tractor groups, Van Vark hopes to have the last tractors leave the Appanoose County Fairgrounds around 10:30 a.m.

The beauty of South Central Iowa begins early, with four groups of tractors having a morning break in Mystic on Main Street, sponsored by Valu Built,  then on to Seymour for a second break. While the other five groups of tractors head south to Seymour for a break, which is sponsored by all the community churches. All nine groups will meet at the Wayne Community High School for lunch and the Big Show sponsored by Shivvers. After lunch, we’ll head back in opposite directions they came from, taking breaks in Seymour and Mystic.  Tractors will start arriving back at the Appanoose County Fairgrounds around 3:30 p.m. with the last group arriving at 6:15 p.m.

Van Vark encourages the public to come out and view the beautifully displayed tractors Monday night at the Appanoose County Fairgrounds.  The evening meal will be served by the Chamber and other local groups at downtown  around the Square.

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