Tractor rally in area raising funds for wounded military
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A statewide tractor rally is heading across Nebraska and will be in the area later this week.
Sponsored by the Nebraska Antique Farming Association, 125 antique tractors were scheduled to start from Nebraska City last Saturday and will eventually end their trek in Haigler on Sunday, June 8.
While they’ve had tractor rallies in the past, this is the first year the organization has chose to raise funds for a nonprofit organization.
The beneficiary will be The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors program.
Here is the group’s traveling schedule for the rest of the week:
June 5—Alma to Arapahoe
June 6—Arapahoe to McCook
June 7—McCook to Benkelman
June 8—Benkelman to Haigler
People are invited out to see the tractors as they pass by and stop overnight in various communities.
People who’d like to assist the riders in raising funds can visit their web site: antique farming.org
According to the Legion’s web site, Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) is a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government.
OCW ensures that patients at U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units are given items like sweat suits, DVDs, puzzles, electronic devices, books, calling cards and more.
OCW also provides larger items such as ping pong tables, entertainment centers, computers, kayaks and other recreational goods for use by wounded warriors in common areas.