In all $3,500 was raised with Nappanee Power From The Past winning the competition bringing in $1,300.
Fourteen-year-old Alex Ransbottom drove his 1942 Oliver, which once belonged to a great great uncle. The tractor has been restored with a newly painted exterior and Ransbottom plans to rebuild the engine next.
Small children could ride in a cancer survivor’s wagon train that was pulled by a small antique tractor around the perimeter of Coppes Commons. Parents and grandparents eagerly took photos as the kids, holding pink and white balloons, filed past.
Nappanee resident Betty Raber said, “I think it’s awesome,” after taking pictures of children on the ride.
Organizers hope to make this an annual fundraiser to help Elkhart County residents fight cancer.