TRAN 2018 REVIEW

Day One:

The TRAN tractor drive started Saturday, June 2nd in Blair, NE. After breakfast, the tractors left Dana College and traveled north to Herman. They had a stop at Petersen’s Bar. Then they headed to Uehling and had lunch at Scoreboard Café and toured the former IH dealership. The next stop was for a break at St. John’s County Line Church. After a short tractor drive they arrived in West Point and drove past the Premier Estates nursing home, then past St. Joe’s Retirement Home and the Veteran’s Memorial Park. The tractors then arrived at the fairground where supper was held at the Dinklage Building. All the drivers were entertained with live music. The Cuming County Historical Society had the museum complex open for viewing.

Day Two:

We all had breakfast at the fairgrounds before departing on the drive. On the way out of West Point, they drove past the Park View nursing home. The Dodge Veteran’s Club provided the drivers with a morning break. The tractors then left for Howells and on to Clarkson where they drove through the Care Center. At Highway 91 they meant up with the Legion Riders who escorted them through Leigh for lunch at the City Park. After lunch, the tractors departed Leigh and had a fuel stop at Klub 81 and a short break. They then traveled on to the Dick Bender Farm in Lindsay for supper and a tour of the Bender Toy Collection. The Bender Farm was opened up to campers so people could stay the night there if they wanted.

Day Three:

Breakfast was served at the Dick Bender Farm. The tractors then departed to see the Bill Klassen collection. After the break at Bill Klassen’s, they drove on to Albion and drove through the care village. Then they traveled on to the Gayle Noble Collection for lunch. After lunch, they drove on to see Tim O’Brian Collection. After that, they traveled on to the Erickson Livestock Market parking lot for the night stop. Supper was at the Sale Barn Café and then a tour of Roger Johnson’s Collection.

Day Four:

We started with breakfast on our own and then leaving Ericson for the Larson Ranch for a break. We then traveled on to Burwell for lunch and a tractor show. They left Burwell and drove by the Community Memorial Health Center. Then off to Roy Lindsay’s for International tractors and a presentation. We departed Roy Lindsay’s and left for Taylor and a fueling stop just outside of Taylor. Supper that night was at the Community Building in Taylor.

Day Five:

We started the day with breakfast at the Lazy-D Restaurant in Taylor. The tractors drove west on Highway 91 and had a break on a country road by the Loup River. It was a beautiful spot for a short stop. Then we headed for Dunning. At Dunning, we had a break at the Sandhills Museum. After touring break all tractors going on the next day fueled at Norm’s Auto because that was the last fuel stop before the next night. We left Norm’s Auto and headed for Halsey and the Nebraska National Forest. The tractors stopped for the night at the 4H camp and were served supper at the camp.

Day Six:

Started the day at the 4-H camp with breakfast. After we ate we left the National Forest and traveled on to Thedford. The tractors parked around the town square and toured the museum with Teri Licking. We then drove on to Seneca and stopped at the Stable Productions Exotic Game Ranch for lunch and a tour. After seeing all the different wild animals, we headed down the road to Mullen. When we arrived in Mullen we drove past the rest home and then fueled and headed to the Hooker County Fairgrounds where the tractors spent the night and we had supper.

Day Seven:

Started the day with breakfast at the fairgrounds and then heading towards Tryon. Our mid-morning break was taken at the Farr Ranch. We then journeyed on to Tryon where the Methodist Church ladies provided us with the noon meal. After lunch, we headed our tractors towards Flats and a mid-afternoon break at the Stepladder Angus Ranch. After we got back on the road and headed into Arthur. The tractors parked around the park and the evening meal was served there also.

Day Eight:

Started the day off with breakfast and then a tour of all the interesting places to visit in Arthur. Some of the historical sites are the Bunk House Bar and Grill, Wolf Den Market, Rose Saddlery, Marshall’s Hat Shop, and May’s Place. After seeing all the sights in Arthur, we headed towards the Haythorn Ranch for Lunch. After lunch, we got back on the tractors and headed towards Keystone Road. We traveled to Scuba Steve’s and had a motorcade on to Ogallala where we parked at the fairgrounds. We were served supper by the Ogalla Rotary Club and prizes were drawn for.

Day Nine:

Day 9 was a tour of the Nate Giesert extensive John Deere collection from the newest styled John Deere G back to a Waterloo Boy N tractor and everything in between.

Summary:

A big THANKS to all the segment leaders for a job well done. We couldn’t have a tractor drive without all their work. Also, without the officers, sponsors and support drivers it couldn’t go off as smooth as it does either. Segment leaders were Doug Hrbek, Dean VonSeggern, Scotty Andreasen, Dick Bender, Marv Sierks, Pam Shears and Dusty Sierks. 96 tractor drivers took their turns driving on different segments of the drive. Seven drivers went all the way accompanied by three support drivers. The total donations for OCW at this point it $11900. We should be very proud of all the good we do for our servicemen and their families. Since 2014 we have raised $39366 for OCW. This is a great accomplishment and we should be very proud of the great help that we are to veterans and their families.

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