Wykoff resident Gerald Jacobson, Sr., sits upon his 1951 AC-WD Allis-Chalmers tractor during the Minnesota Valley Antique Farm Power and Machinery Association’s ‘Gathering of the Orange’ tractor two-day caravan he participated in Aug. 15 and 16 beginning in New Prague, Minn.
Wykoff resident Gerald Jacobson, Sr., sits upon his 1951 AC-WD Allis-Chalmers tractor during the Minnesota Valley Antique Farm Power and Machinery Association’s ‘Gathering of the Orange’ tractor two-day caravan he participated in Aug. 15 and 16 beginning in New Prague, Minn.
Gerald Jacobson, Sr., 71, of Wykoff, participated in the Minnesota Valley Antique Farm Power and Machinery Association's "Gathering of the Orange" Allis-Chalmers tractor caravan Aug. 15 and 16, held in conjunction with the Heritage Hill Threshing Show in Montevideo, Minn., held Aug. 17 to 19.

To begin his two-day tractor journey, Jacobson and his 1951 AC-WD Allis-Chalmers tractor traveled to the Dale and Dottie May farm - DD Farms - near New Prague, Minn., for the arrival date picnic Aug. 14.

Dale May is the coordinator of the 130-mile ride and Jacobson said May has been "real supportive of me - if it wasn't for him, I likely wouldn't have made the trip."

On Aug. 15, a safety meeting was held for caravan participants and support crew and the caravan left DD Farms at 7 a.m., traveling at a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour, and journeyed to Hutchinson, Minn., arriving at 4:30 p.m. to spend the night with the tractors parked at the McLeod County Fairgrounds that evening.

The next day, Aug. 16, the caravan left the fairgrounds at 7 a.m. and arrived at Heritage Hill grounds, 4 miles east of Montevideo, around 4:30 p.m.

The caravan arrived in time for Jacobson, who stayed until Sunday, and the other drivers to enjoy the 32nd annual Threshing Show held from Aug. 17 to 19 at Heritage Hill.

Jacobson is a member of the Upper Midwest Allis-Chalmers Club with headquarters in Hutchinson. This group has members in the U.S. as well as two Canadian providences.

He said there were 22 riders who participated in the caravan, and each had their support group. Jacobson said he got to know many of the other drivers and they know him - well, at least the tractor he drives.

"They are like an extended family. They know your tractor and where you're from, but they don't always remember your name," he added.

Jacobson said he enjoys these drives because "real men drive tractors; we don't trailer them."

He noted the first day of the caravan was windy but otherwise pleasant and the second day was a nice day that meant he didn't need to wear his jacket.

Jacobson said participating in these caravans is "very interesting."

"It's like a high. We were led into the fairgrounds in Hutchinson and we came in to applause. When we came into Montevideo people were also applauding.

"It was a very enjoyable trip and I had no mechanical trouble."

God willing, Jacobson said he plans on firing up his Allis-Chalmers and making the trip next year.