A glimpse of farming’s past will be on display Sunday.
On Aug. 4, a tractor ride will start at Oakland and wind its way to Decatur for lunch then make the trek back to Oakland. Dubbed the “Lesser Nebraska,” ride, organizers are calling it a stripped down version of the more well-known ride. No registration fees, no caps, no t-shirts, no gift bags—just a day on the road with other antique farming enthusiasts. Both restored and work tractors are welcome. Spectators are invited to view the tractors in Oakland or Decatur and anywhere along the route.
The ride starts at Oakland Express with registration starting at 8 a.m.. The tractors will leave at 9. The route is mostly over gravel roads.
The group heads out of town east on County Road L before turning north on County Road 13. The group then heads east on Road O through Bertha to Road 27 where they turn north again, motoring up to Road R. At R, they go east to 31, north to S and east again to 32. The follow 32 up to Road V then west back to 30 and north to Highway 51 which takes them into Decatur.
After lunch at the Green Lantern, they begin a largely different route back to Oakland. They leave town the same was they came, heading out Highway 51 to Road 30 and going south to Road V. At V they turn west for a jaunt to Road 29 where they turn south again to County Road U which winds its way to Road 25. Once there, the group turns south to Road S, then west to Road 17, then south all the way to Road N. They follow N back to Road 13, then south to L and back into Oakland.
Organizers say the route is subject to change if the roads become too muddy. No minimum maintenance roads will be used.