For the past 14 years, Dave Rogers, a native of Riverside, California, has made the trek to Iowa to participate in the ride.
“One year we were on our motorcycles near Saylorville Lake and we passed the ride. I thought to myself, I have to do this,” Rogers said as his tractor chugged and sputtered behind him. “I bought a couple of tractors and I’ve met some guys out here. You see guys once a year and you feel like they are your brothers. It is so much fun.”
Dave Rogers fell in love with tractors after looking at an antique tractor calendar in his home state of California. He has participated in 14 of the 23 WHO Great Iowa Tractor rides.
This was the first year that Gov. Reynolds participated in the tractor ride. After a brief refresher course, Reynolds fired-up a John Deere 4050 owned by Norm Zahradnik and rambled down the road with hundreds of other tractors following. She chose a John Deere tractor as a nod to her father, who worked at the company for many years.
Governor Reynolds smiles behind the wheel of a John Deere 4050.
“It is amazing to see all of the vintage tractors here,” Reynolds said. “What a great opportunity to celebrate ag in the great state of Iowa.”