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A day to play farmer

By Staff | Apr 23, 2010

At any given time, 25 to 50 garden tractors, above, were out in this Floyd County field April 10 for the annual Plow Day, an event sponsored by Cub Cadet owners.

RUDD – Although the exact number of the garden tractor enthusiasts who showed up April 10 was not determined, dozens of them participated in the annual “Plow Day” in a Floyd County field, three miles south of Rudd.

This was the 10th year for the Plow Day event, hosted by Travis Schweizer, of rural Rockford. The field was donated by a friend.

Schweizer said the event was started by owners of Cub Cadet garden tractors who networked as a small club on the internet. One day, they decided to get together for a day of plowing. Several other plow days were scheduled around the country, as well.

“Eventually, we opened it up to other brand owners,” Schweizer said.

There is no program. No speakers. No workshops or breakout sessions. There are only plowing, friendships updated and new acquaintances made.

“You’ll see about everything out here,” Schweizer said. Tractors of all makes and models and ages. “There’s some friendly rivalry that goes on.”

Bryon Henningsen, of Mitchell, S.D., brought his CUB Cadet 1400, with custom hydraulic system with gear drive. “It just allows me to pretty much just sit here,” Henningsen said with a laugh. He attends the plow days just to be a part.

Schweizer is a volunteer fire fighter with the City of Rockford. He sells concessions and takes donations to benefit the department. Depending on the weather, the department could benefit from $5,00 to $1,200, he said.

“This guy is broken down,” Schweizer said, as a tractor rolls by sputtering. “But you see there’s people selling parts around here, so he’ll be back out plowing again soon.”

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