Destination Iowa: Hanover Tractor Ride
On Saturday Aug. 19, the 13th annual Hanover Tractor Ride will be taking what ride leader Virdene Otto calls a “heavenly ride.”
“Tractor riders want to see something, they want to experience something they don't want a flat route,” Otto said. “This year we'll pass two churches, the crosses and go up some steep hills.”
The tractor ride began as a fun way for participants to spend a morning enjoying their tractors while rolling over the land around the Hanover Village. Registration begins in the village at 8 a.m. located at the junction of M-27 and C-65 southwest of Alta. The village, which has been rebuilt, dates back to the late 1800s and has been on and off of Iowa road maps. The small community started with a Lutheran church, a grocery store and a blacksmith shop.
Registration for the event is $20. If a tractor wishes to have a second rider there must be a special seat for the person and an extra $10 fee will be applied. The fee covers the cost of lunch which is catered in and provided along the route.
“We would also like tractors to have a slow moving vehicle sign,” Otto said. “Mirrors aren't mandatory, but would be an added safety measure.”
Otto can be seen leading the pack with the Iowa's state flag and the U.S. flag on his tractor. The group also has a pickup follow behind with a sign that reads, “Tractor ride in progress.”