Tractors to line the streets of Wakarusa

WAKARUSA — Big, little, new, old, blue, green or orange — tractors of all makes and models are invited to line the streets of downtown Wakarusa at the first Wakarusa Chamber Tractor Show, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Free check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m.  Tractor show participants are invited to unload their trailers at the Wakarusa Missionary Church or NorthWood Middle School parking lots before making their way to the town square. Registration is free.  Awards will be presented in five categories: pre-1949, 1950s, 1960s and ‘70s to present, plus a People’s Choice award. The community is invited to take part in the tractor show by picking their favorite.  Participants and spectators alike will also enjoy homemade biscuits and gravy for breakfast provided by the Wakarusa Missionary Church Youth, a Zion Church bake sale and hot dogs and chili dogs for lunch provided by Wakarusa’s Local Scout Troop 704. The Wakarusa Chamber Tractor Show committee includes board members: Bart Rice (Wa-Nee Schools), Troy Schwartz (Schwartz Electric) and Shane Weldy (New To You Resale); Steve Shively and Chamber Secretary, Deb Shively. 
“This could be the start of something huge”, said Shively, who has heard lots of positive feedback on the idea. 
Weaver Ag and Lawn Equipment LLC, Bremen,  will be taking on part of the show as a major sponsor, celebrating the opening of their second location in the “Demartini” building on S.R. 19 in Wakarusa and being able to integrate with the Wa-Nee Community. 
All the activity takes place around the infamous pumpkin tree that is highlighted by 22 businesses who have decorated downtown lampposts. Downtown shops will also be open for everyone to get a jump on unique Christmas ideas. For more information contact the Wakarusa Chamber of Commerce by phone at 574-862-4344; email: or online at