Wisconsin school’s tractor day has special purpose

Many schools have a day where students bring farm tractors to school, but in Auburndale, Wisconsin, it’s a special day with a purpose.

Ag educator Mark Cournoyer tells Brownfield nearly 40 students will bring old and new tractors for the parade through town, which raises money for a different cause every year. “Every year, they have a name that is associated with the drive. We’ve had Heart for Hazel and Tracks for Brax just to name a couple, and this year is Loop for Coop, and Cooper Regesch is a six-year-old who is a student at Auburndale Elementary and he suffers from a condition called epileptic encephalopathy.

Cournoyer says there are several places along the route for the public to watch the tractors just after 7:30 am. “We’re looking to help the family out and each year, the funds that are raised through sponsorships, tee shirt sales, in-kind donations, and our brat fry all go to this cause.”

A public reception with the operators will be held once the tractors are parked in the high school parking lot.

The students participating in the tractor event are in Auburndale’s ag education programs and have completed tractor safety training.

Over the past five years, the tractor day has raised over 100-thousand dollars for local causes.

AUDIO: Mark Cournoyer discusses Friday’s Tractor Day with Brownfield’s Larry Lee

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