Lowell Andresen compares showing tractors to a car enthusiast fixing up an old car to showcase at events. Reedsburg’s Plow Day gives local farmers the opportunity to relive their glory days and showcase a bit of history by showing tractors and plows used decades ago.
Andresen, who helps with the event, said with modern technology and methods in agriculture some of the tractors and plows showcased at Reedsburg Good Ole Boys Club Plow Day aren’t used for farming anymore. The tractors entered in the event have to be manufactured prior to 1959. He said the oldest model that has entered in the event was a 1929 International Harvest Tractor.
“There’s an awful amount of sentimentality to this because nobody uses these tractors for serious work anymore,” Andresen said. “Most of these tractors by the time they reach that age the operators are driving whatever belonged to their dad or their grandfather.”
Because of recent inclement weather, the event will be held April 28 at S2408a Town Hall Road in Reedsburg. There is no cost to attend the event but a donation is welcome. The money raised will go towards the Youth Tractor Safety Program in Loganville.
Dewey Mittelstaedt, who lives in Reedsburg and helping organize the event, said anyone who has a tractor can show up to participate in the event. Check in lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The drivers meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m.
“As long as they come with a tractor and plow they are more than welcome to plow with us,” Mittelstaedt said.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Grand Start, a follow-the-leader style with all of the machinery will be across the field led by the oldest tractor present. The tractors will plow the field until noon to take a lunch break and will continue until the late afternoon.
For safety reasons, only the drivers can be on a tractor, no riders or passengers. However, spectators will get a chance to get close to the tractors and plows with “people movers,” wagons pulled by tractors.
“We take the people right up to the field and back down again with some of the tractors that don’t have plows on them,” Mittelstaedt said.
Andresen will bring one of his tractors to Plow Day, which we’re owned by his father. He said there will be many other tractors and plows that will be family owned in the event.
“He made his farm living with that tractor,” he said.
Andresen said the event has become a “community tradition” for local farmers and spectators, attracting hundreds of people from as far as La Crosse and Waunakee.
“They come out as spectators and they love to stand and watch these machines go across the field,” Andresen said.
This article was updated April 16 due to a change in date of Plow Day due to inclement weather.