Fair Aims for World Record Antique Tractor Parade


By Steve White

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Fire up the Farmall and put the John Deere in drive, and get them to the Nebraska State Fair.

If you drive a classic tractor, the fair wants you.

Facilities Director Jaime Parr said, "State Fair has been aggressive in going out and talking to local clubs and inviting them, making sure everybody knows they're welcome to come and display at the State Fair."

They're going after guys and gals like those who took part in the recent Tractor Relay Across Nebraska, where one joked "My wife says this is an expensive hobby."

"It's cheaper than rebuilding a car and I can stand up," another chimed in.

Antique tractor displays have been a fixture at the state fair for years.

Parr said, "Any day you come you can find any brand of tractor that you might remember from your childhood."

But this year, the fair is doing something special on Saturday, August 25. In a Guinness World Record setting attempt, they're looking for 750 tractors to come and parade on the track at Fonner Park.

"RFD-TV is joining us in an effort to break the record for antique tractor parade. Tractors over 30 years old can sign up and be part of the parade," Parr said.

They may not plant or cultivate anymore, but those old tractors could harvest a record for the ages.


The parade begins at 1:00 on Saturday, August 25.

There are rules. Tractors have to be at least 30 years old.

Guinness is allowing "Classic Garden Tractors" to compete for the record.

Participants will receive a free DVD of the parade.

Germany owns the record with 745, so this is the United States' chance to own the record.

Max Armstrong, Farm Broadcaster from This Week In AgriBusiness will host the parade, introducing each tractor on-site & on-air, as RFD-TV broadcasts live. Max will also be interviewing different participants and various tractor clubs participating before and after the parade. The interviews will be seen on RFD-TV, RURAL TV and during Max Armstrong's program "Talkin Tractors".

To join in and be part of history-in the-making, fill out the registration form online or download it and send it in.

The updated Check-in & Departure schedule is now:

• Classic Tractors may check in on Friday (8/24) 6am – 7pm & Saturday(8/25) 6am – 9am.

• Classic Tractors may now depart from the display ANY time after the parade, in order to better serve the participants various schedules.

All Classic Tractors must be in place for the parade by 9:00am on Saturday.