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Iowa plowing bee to showcase antique John Deere tractors

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Similar memories arose in the other participants, as the line of antique tractors plowed through a field that was set up for the event.
Similar memories arose in the other participants, as the line of antique tractors plowed through a field that was set up for the event.

Several long-time farmers and a crowd of onlookers braved the harsh winds and rain to attend the annual plowing bee that was held in Round Lake, Iowa, according to the Worthington Daily Globe.

Riding a variety of antique farm equipment, the local farmers participated in the event to celebrate the area's rich agricultural history and tradition. One resident, perched atop an 830 John Deere tractor and four-bottom plow, noted that the plowing bee brough back childhood memories of tending to the crops.

"This used to be work and now it’s fun," Dave Gonnerman, a former farmer and event participant from Spirit Lake, Iowa, told the Globe.

Similar memories arose in the other participants, as the line of antique tractors plowed through a field that was set up for the event. The oldest combination of vehicle and plow was the 1941 D John Deere with a two-bottom instrument attached, according to the news source.

The event was run by the Northwest Iowa 2-Cylinder Club, which tries to hold at least one plowing bee per year to keep the event as part of mainstream agricultural celebrations, reported the organization's website.  

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