Klear Nearly Days

David Kratzer, of Geneseo, drives his 1951 John Deere AR while competing in the Antique Tractor Pull at Klear Nearly Days on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nickerson.

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A group of area folks have a unique way of getting to Arlington for some of Carolyn Bontrager’s famous pie next Saturday.

They’re going to drive their antique machinery there.

The Reno County Tractor Drive is slated for Saturday and is open to anyone with an old tractor. Those interested can meet at the Lionette ball fields in South Hutchinson. Tractors will leave around 8:30 a.m.

The drivers will get to Carolyn’s Essenhaus around noon and return to South Hutchinson by 3 p.m.

The backroad path is about a 35-mile round trip.

The event will take place, weather permitting, said Gordon Roth, one of the organizers.

Tractors must be able to travel at at least 8 mph.

“They don’t have to be repainted or anything – just as long as they run,” said Roth.

Roth said the Great Plains Antique Tractor Club meets the third Thursday of the month, at 5:30 p.m., at Gambino’s in South Hutchinson. Anyone is welcome to come and learn more.

The club will also have a tractor pull at Yoder on June 3.

For more information, call Roth at (620) 899-6506.

Kansas Agland Editor Amy Bickel's agriculture roots started in Gypsum. She has been covering Kansas agriculture for more than 15 years. Email her with news, photos and other information at abickel@hutchnews.com or by calling (800) 766-3311 Ext. 320.

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