The eighth annual Great Nebraska Tractor Ride will depart from Wahoo with more than 175 antique tractors and their drivers on Friday, June 14,and will return there the next day after logging 110 miles.
The summer tradition will pass through the Bohemian Alps, an area of gentle rolling hills in Butler and Saunders County, named after the Czech immigrants who migrated to the area many, many years ago.
Drivers will make tracks south and west Friday morning, taking a break at the Oak Creek Hunt Club, just north of Loma. Then it's on to Valparaiso for lunch. Next, the tractors turn south for a break in Raymond. The first day will come to a close after arriving in Lincoln for a steak supper and a concert by the Dylan Bloom Band, sponsored by the East Butler FFA Alumni.
Saturday morning, the tractors gather at the Star City Motor Sports parking lot, where they'll head off east to Waverly and take a break at the Camp Creek Threshers Show site. Then on to the north to Ceresco for lunch at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. From there, the tractors will come full circle and arrive at their final destination, the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo.
"The Great Nebraska Tractor Ride is a summer tradition for many of our riders. There are riders of all ages and tractors of all colors," said Jay Thouvenell, station manager of the host KTIC Radio. "We encourage the public to come see the tractors at a break or anywhere along the route. The tractor riders are always excited to see spectators along the route."
The tractors will include John Deere 4020s, Ford Jubilees and Farmall H's. Some of the more rare tractors this year include a Ford 5000, a Minneapolis-Moline UB, an IH 1468, a Massey-Harris 101 Super, an Oliver 77 Standard, and the John Deere 2510.