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Annual tractor drive to commemorate Flood of ‘93

Route to pass through Cedar City, Tebbetts, flood plains

Adam Elley and his 9-year-old son Seth of Mokane ride an International Harvester-McCormick Deering Farmall H tractor during last year’s Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society's annual Callaway Vintage Tractor Drive. This year’s event starts 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the New Bloomfield Lions Club Park.

Adam Elley and his 9-year-old son Seth of Mokane ride an International Harvester-McCormick Deering Farmall H tractor during last year’s Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society's annual Callaway Vintage Tractor Drive. This year’s event starts 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the New Bloomfield Lions Club Park.

This year, one of the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society’s biggest fundraisers will also be commemorating a historic event.

The eighth annual Callaway Vintage Tractor Drive will return Aug. 24. This year’s route will take participants through Cedar City, Tebbetts and other areas in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the devastating Great Flood of 1993.

Historical Society Museum Curator Barb Huddleston said the event was started eight years ago by Louis Bumgarner, and it also serves as a chance for friends and tractor enthusiasts from across the state to catch up.

“The group liked it because it was a way of showing different parts of the county off,” Huddleston said, “and the guys can show off their tractors.”

Each year has a route that highlights a different area. This year’s timing with the flood anniversary made the river route a logical choice.

The drive will start at 9:30 a.m. from the Lions Club Park in New Bloomfield. The tractor precession will take State Route TT and various county roads to the Tebbetts Community Center for a morning break before departing to Cedar City for a pork steak dinner, as well as news footage and information on the flooding.

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