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Nearly 500 vintage tractors rumbled through Wellman, Kalona and Riverside June 11 on the first day of the 2018 Tractorcade.
The event features vintage tractors traveling the state’s highways.
Bob Quinn, an on-air personality for Tractorcade sponsor WMT 600 radio, described it as RAGBRAI for tractors.
This is the 19th year for Tractorcade and Quinn’s participation.
His on-air partner, Andy Peterson, remembers that first Tractorcade when he was interviewed on the radio.
“The first one went pretty close to my father’s farm when I was a senior in high school,” Peterson said.
That first year there were 140 tractors.
“It’s grown ever since,” Quinn said.
Monday’s route headed north out of Washington, which is this year’s base of operations.
Many of the drivers and their passengers were wearing rain gear when the first tractors pulled into Kalona about about 10:30 a.m.
Jane Picray of Monticello had lunch at the Kalona Historical Village where the Tractorcade stopped. She was wearing rain gear, which was still dry.
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