Caravans of red, green and orange laced the green, rolling hills of northern Emmet County Sunday as the annual Elks tractor ride set off for a day of fun in the sun.
Hot weather moderated by cool winds was the order, and everyone seemed to enjoy sharing a cup of coffee, a hearty breakfast and the ride that included some stops later in the day.
Roger Jensen brought his 1957 Farmall 450 from Fenton. He bought the Farmall at Ray Ohrtmann's sale west of Ringsted three years ago and has since overhauled it and put on new Titan tires - a brand he prefers since a percentage of the sale of every tire goes to FFA programs.
A line of tractors wended their way up a long hill north of Estherville during Sunday’s Elks tractor ride.
Photo by Michael Tidemann
Jensen has used mainly John Deeres during his 15 years of farming. But then the Farmall caught his eye.
"I was at the sale and it kind of struck me and I thought, well, that would be my tractor ride tractor," Jensen said.
Jensen said the 450 was made for just two years - in 1956-57 - with the 460 replacing it in 1958.
This is Jensen's fourth tractor ride this year, "something different" he likes to do.
"You go down the same roads but you see more going 12 or 14 miles an hour than you do at 50 or 60," Jensen said.
Charlie Wedeking of Spirit Lake was driving his 1952 Case.
"I bought it from the guy who bought it new," Wedeking said, explaining why it looked babied so much. Wedeking bought the Case in 1985.
Since then he's done the motor and rear end.
"My first tractor was a Case and I just kind of stuck with them," Wedeking said. "I've had just about every other color but I like this one."
Wedeking, who's in construction, said he collects tractors and goes on rides simply "because it's fun."
This was his third ride this year and he's been doing the KICD tractor ride ever since it started.
Sunday was Bruce Chrestiansen's first tractor ride ever, and he did it in style with his 1973 International 966 - which he bought relatively new in 1980 - and the first tractor he ever bought. The 966 sported a brand new custom paint job by Lance White. Chrestiansen also put on a different front end.
And oh, there was another special thing about the ride Sunday for Bruce.
Jerry Pluth, his former 4-H leader, was the one who coaxed him to go along.