Saturday, June 4, 2016

NAFA: Nebraska's Antique Farming Association

Anybody notice the posters in windows of Bayard-land businesses about the Antique Tractor Rally across Nebraska? Are you planning to go to the lunch at the Angora Club House on June 11, at 12:30? You didn’t notice and don’t know? Well, you need to read this article to catch up the latest scuttlebutt. (I’m the Transcripts town crier.)

The Angora lunch coincides with the sixth annual Antique Tractor Rally across Nebraska, which begins around noon on June 4, in Beatrice. It ends on June 12, around 1pm, at the National Monument in Scottsbluff and Agate Fossil Bed in Harrison.

The 2016 rally celebrates Nebraska’s 150 year history of agriculture.

Over those nine days, anywhere from 50 – 80 antique tractors will trek across Nebraska at 12 mph. Along the way they’ll make nine planned stops: Beginning in Beatrice they’ll chug to Geneva, then 
Hastings, St. Paul, Broken Bow, Thedford, Hyannis, Alliance, and Scottsbluff.

In 2014, NAFA chose to use the journey of ancient tractors across Nebraska to promote Operation Comfort Warriors, which is an American Legion program that helps needy veterans and their families.

Last year’s Antique Tractor Rally raised $10,700 with 100 percent of the money going to wounded warriors and their families.

This year, to honor that cause, The Angora Hill Toppers are serving lunch at the Angora Club House on June 11, at 12:30. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 6 – 12, and children 5and under are free.  

It’s your opportunity to eat a special lunch, for a special cause, at a special price. Proceeds from the lunch go to the Angora Hill Toppers, but the special guest that day is a big, big, big, jug to hold all those free-will offerings to Operation Comfort Warriors. (Leave with a full stomach and an empty billfold.)

By the way: Students who are part of Pathfinders, which is the grade schools after school program, designed and hung the above-mentioned posters. Bayard thanks Michael Berry and the kids. Good job.

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