|Tractor enthusiasts gear up for ride through county Sunday|
|Written by Erika Schmidt Russell|
|Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:12 PM|
Calling all tractor enthusiasts - provided the tractor can go at least 10 miles per hour, has a slow moving vehicle sign on it and has good brakes.
Dale Lutz and Pat Schmetzer started the 30 mile tractor ride for a few reasons. The men went on an two-day 80-mile ride in Parke County, Ind., a few years ago, and “we so enjoyed it, so we started this,” said Lutz.
Another reason for the ride is to help out St. John Lutheran Church in Hubbles Corner during their chicken fry - also known as Hubbles Fest. This year the ride is Sunday, Aug. 5, he said.
The ride will take adventurous tractor owners down into the back way through the “hills, hollers and creek beds” to Yorkville, Bonnell and then through Weisburg to Hubbles Corner.
Lutz will be leading the tractor ride, which in the past has drawn riders from Brookville and Harrison as well as Dearborn County, in his 1955 2-cylinder John Deere with an American flag attached to it, he said.
About 20-plus tractors have joined the ride previously, and “we take modern and old tractors, the oldest were from the 1940s up to brand new ones,” he said.
Seeing Dearborn County from the seat of a tractor is great. “You see things you don’t see in a car or a truck,” and it is a slower pace, said Lutz.
Other people go on motorcycle rides, “we do tractor rides,” said Lutz.
While North Dearborn Road is closed between Ind. 1 and McCann Road, potential tractor riders can find a map and detour information at Lutz’s business website, www.lutzauctions.com.
Tractors can be dropped off at Lutz Auction’s facility at 25980 Auction Lane, Guilford, IN 47022, off North Dearborn Road near North Dearborn Elementary School, on Saturday, Aug. 4.
The tractor ride starts promptly at 10 a.m., and tractor drivers’ families can meet at St. Johns, on North Dearborn Road, between the Ripley County line and Lawrenceville Road, at about noon, said Lutz.
Tractor riders after lunch will head back to Lutz Auction, arriving at about 3 p.m.
For more information, visit the website or call Lutz at 1-513-266-1859 or Schmetzer at 1-513-403-9230.
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