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A slow, slow tractor race


OWATONNA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Instead of being the fastest at something to win a race, in Owatonna this morning, you had to be the slowest. It was just one of the unique events held at this years 26th Annual Steele County Historical Society's Extravaganza, it's a blast to the past "The Old, Old West".

"I didn't know they went that slow," exclaimed a spectator.

It's a scene similar to the beloved children's Book, The 'Tortoise and the Hare'. Slow and steady, wins the race.

"You line up two tractors and the last one to get to the finish line is the winner and then we re-run that probably 6 or 8 different times till we get the last winner, with the slowest tractor," explained Ron Janning, the event organizer.

Each race takes about 1 to 2 minutes. The wheels moving ever - so - slowly and the tractors sput, sput, sputtering.

"It was running so slow, the magneto was ticking, which is very slow. So slow you can watch the fan blades turn," said Janning.

"How good mechanics can tune these tractors and slow them down and not run hardly gas through the carburetor," said Lowell J. Miller, a spectator.

Spectators and participants alike get a kick out of this unique race.

"It is fun to watch it and look at those things, just a lot of fun," said Janning.

An agricultural experience to say the least, with a bit of competitive ways.

"I grew up on the farm with John Deere's, if I had that John Deere yet that would go slower than these would," stated Miller.

If you ever feel your wheels are turning and you're not moving, that's okay. Just hop on a tractor and maybe you'll win the slowest tractor race.

If you missed the fun today - no worries.

There will be plenty of antique tractors, 100 plus, at this years Steele County Free Fair. The fair runs August 14th thru the 19th.

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