COLUMBUS GROVE — Ed Hermiller has a shirt that says there are two colors of tractors, red and ugly.
Wednesday evening it was all red going down the road as area farmers met at the home of DeWayne Utrup, Columbus Grove, to form a convoy of International Harvesters to drive to the Red Power Roundup at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
The convoy had started earlier with 10 tractors driving from the home of Jerry Recker, Glandorf. Thirteen more tractors joined the convoy at the Utrup home.
“I’m driving in memory of my buddy Jim Jones,” Recker said. “If he were here he would be having a lot of fun, but he died last October.”
Recker said he just called his boys and some friends to take part in the convoy.
“We like to show our tractors at the Kalida Pioneer,’ Recker said. “This is fun too.”
Utrup had seven of his own tractors in the convoy and also made calls to friends and relatives to take part in the convoy. They came from Oakwood, Ottawa and Rawson.
“We always had these kinds of tractors when I was growing up,” Utrup said. “We’re all friends. We have similar interest and like to work together on each others tractors in the winter.”
Utrup’s wife, Pam, said she has spent the last few weeks washing waxing, painting and buffing the tractors.
“We wanted them to look nice,” she said.
Utrup said the oldest tractor in the convoy was probably from the early 1940s.
Hermiller said he always enjoys taking part in these types of gatherings.
“I like to take part when there is a gathering of farmers getting together for a day of plowing,” he said. “I was born and raised with FarmAll tractors.”
The drive from Glandorf to Columbus Grove was eight miles. The remainder of the trip to the fairgrounds was 19 miles.
“We planned on taking back roads so we don’t hold traffic up too much,” Utrup said. “I don’t usually drive that far with my tractor.”
He has attended other Red Power Round Ups including last year’s in Illinois.
The 24th Annual Red Power Round-Up started Tuesday at the Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima. It is open to Saturday. Tickets: $10 per day or $25 for three-day pass at the gate. Free for 12 and younger, if accompanied by an adult.
A tractor parade is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday. There will also be antique tractors and live entertainment throughout the show.