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VINTAGE: Tractors converge on ’Busco

August 20, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Putt, putt, chug, chug and the quiet purr of tractors came through Churubusco Saturday morning during the Mizpah Shriner’s Antique Power Club Tractor Parade.
The drivers and riders came from all around northeast Indiana to Northeastern REMC to begin what has become the 10th year for the parade.
This was the fifth year the Shriner’s opened it up the Power Club.
Sixty-seven tractors ranging from IH Farmall, John Deere, Case, Ford, Allis-Chalmers, Co-op and Massey Fergusons.
The Tractor Parade began at REMC and traveled the back roads to the NAPA store in Churubusco. There the 125 people involved took a break.
Then the parade traveled the back roads and ended up at the farm of Dave and Becky Bockelman and there all of them had a picnic.
“Of course we do all of this to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals,” said Steve Sickafoose, organizer.
“But the main reason we all get together is for fellowship, being neighborly and for the love of antique tractors,” he said.
Most of the drivers were me but some women drove tractors too.
“I drove our 1954 Minneapolis Moline just to have fun and be with our friends,” said Debbie Whaley, of Columbia City.
John Coleman of Columbia City, said it was fun being with other drivers.
Adam Peppler of South Whitley, drove his 1956 300 Utility Farmall just for fun.
One tractor featured a passenger wagon for those who wanted to share in the fun but didn’t feel like driving a tractor.
A stop in Churubusco featured a visit from Shriner Jerry Freewalt, a Divan Member and Officer.
He served refreshments and had a port-a-potty on the back of his truck.
All of this was to raise funds for the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
Sickafoose estimated $1,000 was raised.
The Shriner Parade was sponsored by Kenny Rupley Farm Supply.
The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children’s mission is to:
Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.
This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, gender or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
The next big event for area Shriners is their 58th Annual Horse Show on Sept. 28 and 29 at the Mizpah Shrine Horse Ground on SR 9, just north of Columbia City. There will be three bands playing that weekend and many horses showing and competing for prizes.

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