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The Great Nebraska Tractor Ride rolls into Lincoln

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By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

Almost 200 people participated in the annual tractor ride, sharing stories about their tractors and taking in the scenery Nebraska has to offer.

The tractors rolled into Lincoln at a leisurely 13 mph, all part of The Great Nebraska Tractor Ride.

"I think they're really cool because a lot of them are green, a lot of them are red, some are yellow and some are really old," Madison Euler, 6, Wahoo, said.

Madison has been traveling with her family since Thursday, waving to her grandpa, dad and brother as they pass her.

"They make me happy because they make me think of my dad," she said. "And then red makes me think of Huskers."

The tractors journey 150 miles over two days. Along the trail, people cheer the drivers on.

People of all ages participate, and riders from across the country travel for the trip. Typically, the tractors are 20 years or older. And with antiques, come stories like Zane Johnson's.

He bought his very first, brand new John Deere in 1969 after returning from Vietnam.

"Traded it off for another new tractor like you usually do and never really cared where it went," Johnson said.

It took him two years to fix up his old tractor. And now, he likes relaxing during the ride and seeing the same familiar faces year after year.

"You know a lot of guys customize cars, but I thought, why not. I got chrome wheels on here," he said.

Giving new meaning to the term 'old iron.'

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