RUSHMORE — Tractors, cars and more are in store Saturday for an activity-filled day in Rushmore.
Tractors of all makes, models and colors will depart on a tractor ride at 9 a.m. Saturday, which is sponsored by the Rushmore Booster Club. The drivers will head south of Rushmore and break for lunch in Little Rock, Iowa with a special viewing of Don Dieken’s collection of old tractors. The parade of tractors will then head back north to Rushmore, where the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen’s Association will have hamburger or hot dog meals for purchase on Main Street.
Registration for the tractor ride begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the CD Cafe. A couple of wagons will be towed so anyone interested in going on the ride may participate.
The idea to host a tractor ride transpired from a couple of guys chatting, said Rushmore Booster Club President Charlotte Dammer.
Tim Blume and Larry Lupkes would often talk about an old-fashioned tractor ride while visiting in the cafe Dammer owns.
“Every time Tim came in that’s all they talked about,” Dammer said.
Described by Dammer as a popular activity in Iowa, she enlisted the help of Ocheyedan, Iowa’s Grant Sixta to get the ride rolling.
Due to Rushmore’s close proximity to Iowa, Dammer hopes the ride is a hit.
There will be plenty to entertain those not on the tractor ride.
A rummage sale will take place in the school gym from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
A car show kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday in the old school park. The American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education (ABATE) will be serving hamburgers during the car show, which wraps up at 3 p.m.
On Sunday, the public is invited to attend a 10:30 a.m. community worship service at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 31828 Jones Ave., Rushmore. Following the service, a little league baseball tournament will swing into action at noon.
Dammer said the weekend’s activities will help raise funds for the Rushmore Booster Club, which then in turn funnels the money back into community improvements.