More than 40 people participate in Antique Tractor Drive

Some people took advantage of Saturday's weather by taking a drive in a unique form of transportation. News 18's Marvin Bills spoke with an organizer who planned a 2 hour route for a group of tractor drivers through Cass and Carroll Counties .

Posted: Jun 7, 2020 12:09 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—It's called an Antique Tractor Drive. Something many men and woman look forward to every year.

"We've done it for probably the last fifteen years and we never take the same place twice," said Organizer Dean McCloskey. 

Every year McCloskey maps out a different route of back roads for the antique tractors to take. This year the group traveled from Cass County to Carroll County.

"We are just out having a good time with several members getting together and just taking a leisurely drive," said McCloskey.

The Antique Tractor Drive has been very popular in the past hosting more than 50 tractors made between the 1930s & 60s. This year was no different.

"This year we have had an exceptional interest in this," said McCloskey. 

This year the group was close to hitting a record high again with more than 40 tractors participating. McMcloskey said because of the pandemic more people were interested.

"People have been quarantining for so many weeks now and they are just really, really antsy to get out and do something outside," said McCloskey. 

For people such as Larry Weaver getting out to partake in a tradition during this time means a lot.

"It's just a gathering of I guess us older guys that appreciate tractors," said Weaver. "I enjoy the camaraderie with everybody."

McCloskey said he wants people who participate to let go of worries and to have a time of peace.

"When you can come out and be with each other on a day like this that's just a fun leisurely day, nobody's in a hurry about anything and just relax," said McCloskey. 

McCloskey said the next trip hasn't been planned but it will be obscure and unknown location.

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