Moving Just Fast Enough to Stay Cool: CCFB Tractor Drive
After a break at the Shannon Lions Park, Mary Owen of Shullsburg, WI heads back to her 1955 Oliver Super 77. This was her first Carroll County Tractor Drive. It was on to Lake Carroll for lunch.
A long line of antique tractors driving down the road is generally an unusual sight. But not in Carroll County in July. That’s when the Annual Carroll County Tractor Drive is scheduled.
Chastity Welch, Farm Bureau Manager, said “We have filled all 75 spots, and the weather is fantastic.”
The 2013 version of this popular event left the Eastland Sr./Jr. High School parking lot at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 19th. The entourage traveled to Shannon, driving through Lanark on East Pearl St. to Locust Road, then to Center Drive, then east on Straddle Creek, weaving through the countryside to Maple Grove Road to Georgetown Rd., into Shannon. Lions Park in Shannon was the first stop, where riders got a cool drink and a chance to stretch their legs.
From Shannon the lineup headed back to Georgetown Road, taking that scenic route west over to Lovers Spring Road, and then to Zier Road to Lake Carroll. The Lake Carroll Clubhouse hosted a great lunch before a relaxing drive around the lake on Lake Carroll Boulevard.
Then it was back to Zier Rd. to Timber Road to Georgetown, then south on Stone Bridge Rd and back into Lanark on Carroll St., then through downtown Lanark and back to the school.
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Just a few of the nearly 80 participants in the CCFB Tractor Drive enjoy the view heading west on Georgetown Road.
Terry Kemrska, Chadwick, with his beautiful 1961 Massey-Ferguson 35 Deluxe, crossing the dam at Lake Carroll.
Glenn Harms of Morris, IL, leads the way through downtown Lanark with his 1966 Minneapolis-Moline U302, as the tractor drive concludes. Be sure to visit www.pacc-news.com for exclusive video of the annual event. (PA photos/Tom Kocal)