Tractors and wagons form a parade during the Tractor Run sponsored by the Sons of Legion 43 as they leave from  American Legion Post 43 Saturday in Stephenson. EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Tractors and wagons form a parade during the Tractor Run sponsored by the Sons of Legion 43 as they leave from American Legion Post 43 Saturday in Stephenson. EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
STEPHENSON - The 10th annual tractor run sponsored by the Sons of Legion Post 43 took place Saturday. Even the unfavorable weather couldn't keep people away.

The line of tractors stretched into the distance as they all crossed the highway to begin the 11.6 mile trek through mid-Menominee County. They started in Stephenson and went through Daggett and back to Stephenson. Along the way, participants admired the autumn scenery while enjoying the company of their families and friends.

The first stop took place in a field owned by Scott Grinsteiner and his family.

"My brother and I kinda started it," Grinsteiner said. "I was working on one of my tractors and he came over with one of his and I wanted to try mine out since I had been working on it. So we went for a ride and he said, 'You know, they have motorbike runs, poker runs and cars and all that. Why can't we do a tractor run?' So that's what we did, we started it."

The idea worked well in a county that many farmers call home and where more people have tractors than motorcycles.

"When we started this, we thought if we had five or 10 tractors, it would be fun," he added. "People really took to it. People were waiting for it."

Even with the rainy weather forecast, there were more than 30 tractors and hundreds of people attended. Grinsteiner, formerly from Stephenson, came from Grand Rapids, Mich., to attend the run with his tractor and trailer he used to carry people.

"The weather was supposed to be bad (today), so this is probably about two-thirds of the normal crowd we get," he said.

At the stop in Grinsteiner's field, people stretched their legs around a bonfire and watched as Grinsteiner chucked pumpkins across the field in a trebuchet (a mechanical thrower0 he constructed.

"I saw (a trebuchet) in Frankfurt, Mich., and I decided that I want to build one of those," he said. "They were stopping here and I thought we could throw a couple pumpkins and that kind of became our thing. Everything sort of evolved here. It just started happening."

There were three other stops during the ride including at the Belguimtown Restaurant in Daggett and the Stadium Club in Stephenson. The money raised went to the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Cener in Iron Mountain.