The ride started this past weekend in Nebraska City and will wrap up next Sunday in the Haigler area, near the Nebraska-Kansas-Colorado border.
Brenda Edson, from Farnam, is driving a 1940 International “M” and says the relay is a good way to keep people in touch with older farming methods and the old tractors. “You form a bond by doing this,” Edson says. “You see people you know year after year and you get closer and to make kids know there’s more to do than to sit and play video games, get outside and do something.”
Jason Wallman, from Adams, is taking his first trip on the tractor relay, driving an International 656. “My grandpa bought it brand new in ’69 so it’s been in the family ever since,” Adams says.
Bruce Boden, of Sterling, took part in the relay earlier this week, driving about 33 miles in a 1940 International “H,” and says it was nice to see so many happy spectators along the route. “I think a lot of people remember when they run ’em and probably like to see them go through,” Boden says, “a lot of people waving.”
Other stops along the route include: Beatrice, Red Cloud, Tecumseh and Benkelman. The relay is sponsored by the Nebraska Antique Farming Association.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice