We spent Saturday at the local park with the 4H Club lunching the Waubonsie Tractor Club’s annual Tractor Ride.
There’s nothing quite like spending the better part of a day listening to the putt putt of old tractors, the banter of a bunch of retired farmers and serving food.
So what exactly is a Tractor Ride?
Well, first you take a bunch of guys who love restoring old tractors, then you invite them to bring their “babies” to the local park on a Saturday morning.
While the tractors are all getting lined up – just so – you wander over to the shelter house and buy a cinnamon roll (baked that morning by yours truly!) and some juice or coffee from the friendly 4H kid. (Yes – that’s Pedro with yet another hair style!)
Then you sit around in lawn chairs with your buddies and talk.
And get up and buy some more coffee or another roll.
And admire the tractors.
And talk some more.
And tease the 4H kids a little.
Then someone will say, “I guess it’s time boys.”
And everybody gets up, brushes the cinnamon rolls crumbs of their overalls and heads for their tractors.
Soon the air is filled with the smell of gas and oil and the putt putt sound of old tractors.
You line those tractors up like a parade and head down the street, around the block and out of town.
Smiles on your faces. Wind in your hair.
You come back hungry and after parking your tractor – just so – you head back over to the shelter house and buy a beef burger or hot dog.
And tease the 4H kids some more.
And sit in lawn chair in the shade eating and talking.
Then you get up and buy another cookie and a can of pop.
And you talk.
And you laugh.
After a while you load up your tractor and head home.
And the 4H kids pack up the remaining food and clean up.
And count the money they made.
And head home.