Tractor festival expects more than 500 participants

DYERSVILLE (AP) — More than 500 people are expected for a series of slow drives through northeast Iowa in the 18th annual Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade.
The four-day event is based in Dyersville this year and will feature daily countryside tours in Dubuque and Delaware counties through Wednesday, the Telegraph Herald reported. The event rotates through different parts of eastern Iowa each year.
This year’s route location has likely contributed to an increase in participation, said Jeanne Smith, one of the event’s organizers.
“We know the drivers like northeastern Iowa,” she said.
The route includes Earlville, Edgewood, Greeley, Petersburg, New Vienna and Bankston. This year’s schedule also includes Holy Cross, Hopkinton and Delhi.
Jan Takes and her family have participated in several Tractorcades. She and her husband, Carl, will travel on a 1956 Oliver Super 77 Diesel, which was once the main tractor on their family’s farm but is now saved for such events and parades.
“The small towns just open their arms up for you,” said Takes, who lives in Amber.
She noted the event is a good way to relieve stress.
“Nobody’s in a hurry. There’s no road rage,” she added. “This is more like Iowa in the 1950s. This is a front-porch kind of Iowa.”
The tractors will roll out in two groups, with the 10-mph tractors in front and the 14-mph tractors in the back.