Touring on their tractors, members of the 2-cylinder Tractor Club and their families enjoy Island attractions. Photo by Donna Benson
Did anyone happen to see six old tractors going down the roads here on Washington Island? Well, it was a tractor rally -- of sorts. Six guys from Kiel, Plymouth, Sheboygan and Elkhart Lake, Wis., along with their families, brought their rebuilt tractors up to the Northport dock last Friday. They all belong to a 2-cylinder club in Sheboygan County.
Many weekends during the year you will find them at different tractor events throughout the Midwest. This past Friday and Saturday was Washington Island's turn to host the group. Larry Young met them at the ferry dock on his old tractor and led the way out to Jackson Harbor.
Several of the men had driven up here about a month ago to scout out places to stay, places to eat, and to get information on the ferry crossing. They reported to their fellow tractor buddies about how pleasant the Island was.
"The Island people are so welcoming and helpful," said Elmer Couwenhoven of Sheboygan. "We have thoroughly enjoyed our visit."
They had a great time while they were here, staying overnight Friday at the Jackson Harbor Inn, visiting the Stavkirke, Mountain Tower, the Farm Museum, Schoolhouse Beach, Little Lake Park, and the Jackson Harbor Fishing Museum. They actually covered quite a bit of territory considering they drove at about 20 mph!
Members of the 2-cylinder Tractor Club, Sheboygan County, stopping at the Little Lake Museum, June 8. Photo by Donna Benson
Their tractors are all rebuilt and repainted. Father and son Joe and Mike Joas, from Kiel, have a shop where they do the rebuilding. There was a 1951 Ford, two International Harvester- McCormick Farmalls, 1949 and 1945, a Minneapolis-Moline, and two John Deere tractors, 1956 and 1948. I bet they caused quite a stir coming up through the county on Rt. 42!
This summer the entire club of 25 will be taking the Badger across to Ludington, Mich. to attend the Western Old Engine Club rally for three days in Scottville, Mich. They also will be participating in Wings and Wheels at the Sheboygan County airport this year. Let's hope they come and visit Washington Island again!