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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Aug 21, 2008

What do farmers do when they have some spare time to kick back and relax?

Tackling the honey-do list is an option, but some farmers would much rather check out their neighbors’ fields to make crop comparisons of quality in height and sprouting.

If option II is something that has you thinking it might be a grand way to spend a day then the fifth annual Estherville Elks Lodge Classic Tractor Ride is worth considering.

Not only does this event provide an enjoyable outlet for anyone who can ride a tractor, it is a youth activities fundraiser for Elks Lodge No. 528.

Tractor ride statistics show in 2004 there were 22 tractors participating. Last year there were 42 classic antique tractors in the line-up for the 50-mile classic ride that is mapped out through Emmet County and the surrounding area. Approximate travel time is 5 hours.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24 and ends an hour later at the Elks Lodge west of Estherville.

The registration fee includes the famous Sunday brunch at the Elks with lunch and refreshments provided during the ride. Snacks will also be available at the lodge at the end of the ride.

Tractors will be dispatched on the route in groups and participants must follow the clearly marked route. Each rider must have a valid driver’s license and a slowmoving vehicle sign on each vehicle.

This is all in the name of safety-for the tractor ride participants and the motoring public.

The fee is cheaper with advanced registration prior to Aug. 24. For more information contact Jerry Pluth, 712-380-3426, or Ron Menendez, 712-362-5033.