August 23, 2013 09:52 PM

Truck Parade Sets New Record

TruckParade1 Tina Marie Crinic RuralMediaGroupInc

Hundreds of truck fans gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to set a Guinness World Record for the larg­est parade of pickups.

Pickup enthusiasts, FFA and 4-H members and others helped set a Guinness World Record on Aug. 3 for the largest parade of pickups. The drivers of 386 trucks, with models dating back as far as 1927, completed two laps at the Indian­apolis Motor Speedway to capture the record. The previous record was 273 trucks, set nearly a year ago by the Dresden Agricultural Society in Ontario, Canada.

Participants decorated their trucks for the chance to win a SiriusXM radio and a yearlong satellite radio subscription. Drivers could enter into one of 10 categories, including classic trucks 30 years and older, FFA, 4-H, American pride, small town and family farm or ranch. The best-decorated trucks in each category also won prizes.

Tractors on display. The daylong celebration was hosted by Rural Media Group, parent company of RFD-TV, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio in recognition of the launch of Rural Radio, found on channel No. 80 and featuring content from broadcasters with Farm Journal Media and other companies.

In addition to the parade, the day featured an infield display of 300 classic tractors and a parade around the inside course. Guests enjoyed food and polka music, took photographs at the brickyard finish line and toured the Indy Car Museum.

What a Day!

Slippery Spot


WhatADay MichaelRoberts

In light of the slick spot on the pavement, the broken glass and the sandwiched implement, it’s unlikely this tractor is going anywhere soon. The sun might be shining, but the operator probably wasn’t singing "Blue Skies."

If you’ve had one of those days—or caught someone else’s on film—we’d love to share it with our readers. E-mail high-resolution images to sbrown@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What a Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.

Stat Rack

Figures recently released by USDA provide insights into the scope and financing behind the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP):

1.7 million acres were accepted under the 45th CRP general sign-up this summer

1.9 million  acres were offered for the CRP general sign-up

700,000 contracts are enrolled in CRP to date

26.9 million acres are enrolled in the CRP program

27 years that CRP has been in existence

10 million cars (approximately) have been taken off the road each year through carbon sequestration

300 million tons of soil erosion reduced annually

2 billion dollars provided to landowners annually

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