If you're going to do something for a good cause, you might as well have some fun at it.
That's what happened with the Power of Wallingford tractor ride Sunday, a fundraiser for Emmet County Relay for Life.
It was actually Judy Yackle's first tractor ride - on a John Deere B she learned to drive just four days before.
Judy Yackle with her father Mark’s John Deere B that she just learned to drive last Wednesday — in anticipation of joining Sunday’s tractor ride for Relay for Life. Above, Yackle approached the ‘T’ at the top of the hill east of Wallingford before turning north.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
"I first learned to drive this Wednesday, so I thought I'd give it a shot," said Yackle who was driving the B owned by her father, Mark Yackle. "That's kind of how I wanted to do it. So I could ride the tractor ride," said Judy.
Anticipating the ride, Judy said one of the challenges would likely be knowing when to use the accelerator or brake - especially on the big hills like the one headed east out of Wallingford.
"It's more complicated than driving a car. I'm telling you that," said Judy who got a funny reaction from some of the guys on the ride. "They said they didn't know I knew how to drive a tractor. I told them I didn't until last week."
So how was the B running?
"I didn't know it would run this good," said Judy.
Okay now. So where was her father Mark when the tractor ride was going on?
Cooking chili at the Iowa State Fair - and by the way, he took fifth.
The tractor of choice for Gary Hofstader, also of Wallingford, was a Farmall 1468 pulling a manure spreader that he had completely restored. "It came out of a grove," Hofstader explained. "That's the time they scooped it in. They didn't have a payloader then."
While he's been on other rides, it was the first time Charlie Cheever of the Gruver area had been on this ride - on his Farmalll H while son C.J. was driving a 706.
"It's kind of nice to see the countryside," said Charlie. "You're up a little higher and see a little more stuff."
"It's something different," said C.J., the ride Sunday his third.
It was the first tractor ride for Miles Heady of Wallingford.
"I just like tractors and I farm," explained Miles who was driving a 1456 International.
It was also the first ride for Allen Ingvall of Estherville, driving a Farmall 560.
Patti Yackle, who along with Greg Dallmann organized the ride, said the ride has been going since 2008. She recognized Steve Derricksen and Kent Rouse, owners of The Pub in Wallingford, for donating part of Sunday's bar proceeds to the Power of Wallingford Relay for Life Team.
Other events Sunday included a horseshoe tournament, Polish poker tournament and meal.