The Big Show will be live from the Machine Shed Restaurant in West Des Moines January 31, 2014 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. During the show the 2014 Tractor Ride location will be announced. Tractor Ride staff will be on hand with registration forms which you can fill out and return to staff. If you have any questions please call Pam at 515-245-8921 or Janine at 515-245-8933.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
2014 Tractor Ride dates are Sunday, June 22 though Wednesday, June 25. The Announcement Party will be held on Friday, January 24 at the Iowa Machine Shed in Des Moines during the Big Show.
With the leaves falling and harvest progressing, the next big thing that comes to our minds the big Announcement Party for the 2014 Great Iowa Tractor Ride, which is happening on Friday, January 24, 2014. We do want to keep you updated on changes and also ask you for your opinions.
We will only be accepting applications for 400 tractors in 2014 because the reality is smaller is better; we've gotten too big in recent years. The more tractors, the fewer communities we find that can accommodate us. It's also difficult to spread our time fairly among larger groups. The result of limiting the ride to 400 tractors means some people, even returning drivers, may be placed on a waiting list.
We will divide the tractors into 8 speed groups of 50 tractors each and adherence to those speeds is mandatory. So if your tractor has a top speed of only 10 MPH you may want to bring a different tractor as you may be asked to go 11 or 12 MPH in the slowest group.
Location tease: the 2014 ride will be in a very warm and welcoming community and there are plenty of motels and camping accommodations.
We are considering a Sunday late afternoon parade for the community with a drivers' meeting and dinner at the end of the parade route! It may mean many of you would need to leave a little early to get there by mid afternoon, but I think it will be a fun addition, although certainly not mandatory!
We're also launching an all-new NAPA "Know How to fix it" area, featuring a crew of professional mechanics ready to help you with all your tractor needs and repairs who are joining us as drivers this year. They will be set up ready to help you with repairs on Saturday if you want to come early for that special repair you have not had time to do or don't know how to do. They will also be set up each evening to help get you on the road the next day. I will get you more information on all the details as we get closer. You will have to pay for parts and all parts will come from the local NAPA store.
Just a few teasers for 2014, but wanted to get the word out about the dates and the number of tractors. We will be in touch in 2014.
Have a safe fall and a blessed holiday season!
We had a great time on a wet but great Fall Tractor Ride!
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Click Here for photos from our stop at the Iowa Gold Star Memorial Museum at Camp Dodge!
The starting point for the WHO Fall Tractor Ride has been changed to Big Creek State Park Gannet Shelter House at 8794 NW 125th Avenue, Polk City, Iowa. Please unload there and enjoy breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. The Ride will get underway around 8:40 am.
The colors of the fall season will be here very soon. Producers will be in the fields with harvest, but as you know, many of you always enjoy a day off, especially if Bob Quinn says, "Tractor Ride!"
Bob needs to get it out on the road for a day trip, so we thought, let's have a One-Day Tractor Ride on Friday, October 4, 2013 starting at 9am and ending around 3pm!
Our location this year will be north of Des Moines at the Jester Park and Saylorville Lake areas. Details will follow on where to park trailers and starting point.
The first 65 Drivers to sign up get to go on the ride. There is a $25.00 fee for the ride and checks should be made out to WHO Radio. All breaks and lunch will be provided.
- 7 a.m. - Meet and Greet - Breakfast by Titan Tire
- 8:30 a.m. - Brief Drivers Meeting and introductions
- 9 a.m. - Start the Ride
- 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. a.m. Break with snacks
- 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Big Show and Lunch
- 1 p.m. - Back on the Road
- 2 p.m. - Break and snacks
- 3 p.m. - Return back to starting point; short thank-you program; prizes; load up and return home!
If you would like to participate please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
WHO Fall Tractor Ride
2141 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
If you have any questions please contact Janine at 515-245-8933.
NOTE: We’re planning a second one-day ride later this fall, so in case you aren’t able to make this one, please stay tuned for information on that opportunity.
Thank you and have a safe Harvest!
Another printable document for you. Here is the layout of the stadium & semi parking for the tractor ride. Remember you will unload your tractor and then move your trailer or Semi to the designated areas. If you bring your tractor up on Friday, please do not bring it to the stadium until after 1; Janine will be there by then.
Here are two quilts -- a red and a blue theme -- that will be raffled off during the ride. Fine them at registration and lunchtime.
Hey folks, we’re just days away! The weather looks warm and there’s a little talk of r… Well, we won't even spell out the word. Besides, the weather can’t stop the excitement of the 17th year of WHO Radio’s Great Iowa Tractor Ride!
We have a lot planned! Yes, Monday will be a long day, but we do have two breaks in the morning and two breaks in the afternoon, so pace yourself on all those great treats that the folks have been preparing for you!
A wonderful lunch will be provided by the Plymouth County Extension and Pork Producers and will be waiting for you in Le Mars. Please take a moment to examine the green and red themed quilts they’re putting up for raffle. Tickets will be available in the registration line and again at lunch. Don’t worry, I’ve already won both!
Monday and Tuesday evening meals featuring a big favorite, Famous Dave’s BBQ! The Drivers will get 10% off carry-out orders, so be sure to stop by and pick up some great barbecue and gather all your friends together for a reunion party!
Breakfast under the “tent”
Each morning the local youth teams will be serving us coffee, juice and goodies at the “tent” and will serve between 6 and 9 o’clock. Grab your coffee and listen to Jamey Kohake each morning discuss the markets; feel free to ask questions and get to know him. Also, Bob Quinn will be doing his Morning Ag Show from the "tent” as well; stop by and heckle as you please!
Lewis & Clark Park, the Explorer’s stadium, is where the unloading dock will be. Unload your semi and park in the city lot just blocks away; staff will be on hand with directions.
Fuel by FS
Ethanol, soy biodiesel and propane will be available Sunday afternoon and each evening.
Rest up, folks, because it looks like a great ride this year; 52 new drivers will be aboard looking for advice from all you veteran drivers! Please call (514-245-8933) with questions. We’re looking forward to Sunday. Safe travels to you all!
Drivers and Friends of the Tractor Ride:
Don't forget to say hello to Mark Dorenkamp, the new farm broadcaster on the Big Show. He'll be driving a truck provided by Mills Fleet Farm. Mills Fleet Farm is a new Sponsor to the ride this year. Welcome Mills Fleet Farm! Tune into WHO Radio for details on their grand opening of this amazing new store in Ankeny. It looks like doors will open sometime before the Iowa State Fair!
Another new sponsor for our ride this year is Johnston Communications. They are offering all Drivers Exede Internet with no activation fee for month of June for 12 MB high speed internet. They will have all kinds of information for you during registration and they will be there to help you with any questions you have about internet. Let these experts help you!
Please go to Lewis & Clark Park (Sioux City Explorers' baseball stadium) located at 3400 Line Drive, Sioux City, Iowa. We will have a portable dock in the parking lot there; unload the tractors then move the Semi to 2840 S Lewis Blvd, Sioux City, Iowa, as semis will not be permitted to park at the stadium. (Only bumper hitch trailers will remain parked at the stadium.)
The Countdown for the 17th WHO Tractor Ride has begun!
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