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Statewide tractor drive to include West Point, Lindsay

April 7, 2018 GMT

Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) will be returning in June.

Organizers announced they are looking for antique tractor drive enthusiasts to go along on any part of the trip, whether it be one day, two days or the entire route.

Donna Wilton of Hastings, one of the segment leaders on the 2016 and 2017 routes, said a yearly fee of $35 will include the right to go on the ride and a newsletter for the year.

All riders must have their registration postmarked by May 1, she said.

Registration forms may be found at www.antiquefarming.org or request a form by mail by calling her at 402-469-4455.

The nine-day drive will start June 2 at Blair and will end June 9 in Ogallala. Overnight stops along the way will be in West Point, Lindsay, Erickson, Taylor, Halsey, Mullen, Arthur and Ogallala.

Location of the tractors will be announced closer to the day, with the public invited to view them.

“The mileage driven per day is kept to a comfortable limit and we visit collections of various types, museums and other points of interest along the way,” Wilton said. “After all the registrations are collected, meal and overnight lodging will be mailed to those driving.”

She and her husband, Rich, have been on every trip and have gone the entire nine days for three years.

This will the seventh annual TRAN. This year’s ride will benefit the American Legion to raise funds for the Operation Comfort Warriors program.

In 2017, more than $7,000 was raised from the drivers and the public. The program is dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items, not usually supplied by the government.