The Midwest Iowa Old Iron Club will host its 14th annual Manning Tractor Drive this Sunday ... with a new twist.
Not only will this year’s ride help celebrate the 90th anniversary of Horizon Equipment, but the traditional route has been changed in order to make its way to Bev and Russ Bruhn’s farm for John Deere tractor and machinery demonstrations and lunch sponsored by Horizon.
The public is invited to attend at no cost. The Bruhn Farm is located at 1584 Eagle Ave., near Audubon.
“Registration is a half hour earlier (7:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Manning) than other years because we’re going to go down to the Bruhn Farm about 10 miles south of Manning,” organizer Merlyn Irlbeck said. “Everyone can make their own way back on their own because some people will want to stay to see all the equipment.”
The ride will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Irlbeck said the tractors will make their way south and “ride around for awhile” before ending up at the Bruhn Farm.
Dale “Ernie” Reinke of Horizon Equipment in Manning said employees will be serving brats, hamburgers and sides for lunch.
Irlbeck said around 100 tractors joined the ride last year, but he’s optimistic more people will participate this year.
“We had a hundred-plus tractors last year,” he said. “This year there might be more because more towns are participating because of the things going on at the farm.”
Horizon Equipment, originally Puck Implement, was founded in 1926 when a group of farmers in the Manning area called upon fellow farmer Albert Puck to be their agent to purchase flour, apples, coal and the like.
The family-owned company began operating at its current location on Highway 141 in Manning in 1950, before changing its name in the 1970s when it expanded to six locations in Iowa. Horizon Equipment now has locations in Adair, Audubon, Avoca, Manning, Missouri Valley and Woodbine.