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Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing 2015
Event Date: Friday, September 11, 2015
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home site for the Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing.
Official name: Owosso Tractor Parts Antique Tractor Parade & Show 2015
Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing
Tentative Event Date: September 11, 2015
The Mackinac Bridge opened Nov. 1957 to span the straights of Mackinac and
connect Michigan's Upper Peninsula with the lower mitten. The Mackinac
Bridge is 5 miles in length and the towers are 500' tall. Almost as
tall as the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. The bridge is 200 feet at
mid-span above the water. The gradual grade will fool you until you get to
the center and look down below at a ship and see how small the crew looks.
The Mighty Mac as we call it in Michigan, undergoes paint jobs yearly.
Millions of vehicles cross the bridge every year. With one exception.
Tractors. In 2007 the Mackinac Bridge Authority, authorized Owosso Tractor
Parts to form a parade of tractors over the bridge. The first year there
were 614 antique tractors crossed over from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace
where they were staged at the Kewadin Shores Casino for public viewing
during the weekend. Since then there has been 811 tractors in 2009,
789 tractors in 2010 and a record of 820 tractors in September 2011.
During the 2011 event there were 36 tractor clubs participating.
Our 2012 ride had 921 participants and 38 tractor clubs. In 2013 we had 907
tractors and 70 buddy riders. Tractor drivers came from all over Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio,
Idaho, Colorado, Oklohoma, Illinois, Wisconsin,
Canada. Some came from the Kentucky/Indiana border and southern Illinois
(over700 miles one way). The lady from Colorado told me it was
1,400 miles one way. WOW! When she was in the downtown St. Ignace parade on
Saturday evening she was greated by a microphone and hollared when asked
where she was from a resounding "COLORADO"
s hundreds and thousands of miles for a chance to drive over the Mighty Mac.
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Got your interest yet. Well, imagine unloading nearly 800 tractors in
one field in one day. Nearly all of the tractors pull into the staging
area in Mackinaw City on Thursday the day before the event to line up with
their respective clubs. Friday morning around 9:00am we have the
Mackinaw City parade and the Mackinac Bridge parades leave the staging area
at the same time. It takes about 50 minutes to clear over 800 tractors
from the lot. The Mackinac Bridge Parade travel directly to the bridge
and enter the bridge with the Mackinac Bridge Authority directing them.
The Mackinaw City parade traveled through town and got on the bridge right
behind the bridge parade. The tractors for the 2014 event traveled over
the Mackinac Bridge and into the city of St. Ignace, Michigan.
The whole travel time from beginning to end is about 3 1/2 hours.
The tractor crowd on Saturday was treated to tractor games for the first
time in our event. We had four main games and the onlookers, well let's just
say that there were a whole lot of them rooting for their favorite tractor
and driver to win. At 2:00 Rebecca conducted the give-a-way. Giving
away 2 free passes to the top of the bridge, rides to Mackinac Island, free
entry into Fort Mackinaw and free carriage rides on the island and a tour of
the butterfly house. Homemade quilts, apparel, and a whole lot
more for those who were there to get their chance for a prize. At 5:30pm
Saturday, we had another tractor parade through downtown St. Ignace. Over
200 tractors participated. The event still wasn't over, even after the
Then to compliment the whole event, the St. Ignace Events
committee put on spectacular fire works show. AWESOME GREAT TIME FOR SURE.
In 2014 there were 910 Tractors that crossed the Mighty Mackinac
Bridge. That was 3 more tractors than in 2013, we set a second place record
this year. With 108 buddy riders, that made 1,018 total participants in this
years event. What a great time we all had.
The Little Bear East Arena in downtown St.
Ignace and loading ramps helped make the event a success.
All clubs interested in participating must register their club first and be
in touch with our company to participate. Above are Rules & Regulations for
the event on the 2014 event page.
So, if you are a tractor enthusiast and interested in the event, then we
would encourage you to come visit us in September and watch the Antique
Tractor Parade like no other. If you would like to be a sponsor of our
event for advertising purposes, please feel free to contact us.
Thanks for visiting and we hope you visit often.
Bob Baumgras and our complete staff.
Owosso Tractor Parts