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Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing 2014
Event Date: Friday, September 5th, 
7th Anniversary

 

 

Bob
Congratulations! You have found the home site for the Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing.
Official name: Owosso Tractor Parts Antique Tractor Parade & Show 2014

Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing
September 5th, 2014
 

The Mackinac Bridge opened Nov. 1957 to span the straights of Mackinac and connect Michigan's Upper Peninsula with the lower mitten.  The Mackinac Bridge is 5 miles in length and the towers are 500' tall.  Almost as tall as the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.  The bridge is 200 feet at mid-span above the water. The gradual grade will fool you until you get to the center and look down below at a ship and see how small the crew looks.   The Mighty Mac as we call it in Michigan, undergoes paint jobs yearly.  Millions of vehicles cross the bridge every year.  With one exception. Tractors. In 2007 the Mackinac Bridge Authority, authorized Owosso Tractor Parts to form a parade of tractors over the bridge. The first year there were 614 antique tractors crossed over from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace where they were staged at the Kewadin Shores Casino for public viewing during the weekend.  Since then there has been 811 tractors in 2009, 789 tractors in 2010 and a record of 820 tractors in September 2011.  During the 2011 event there were 36 tractor clubs participating.  Our 2012 ride had 921 participants and 38 tractor clubs. Tractor drivers came from all over Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Canada. Some came from the Kentucky/Indiana border and southern Illinois (over700 miles one way).  Hauling their tractor
Bob Baumgras
Owosso Tractor Parts
Owosso, Michigan
s hundreds of miles for a chance to drive over the Mighty Mac. 

Got your interest yet.  Well, imagine unloading nearly 800 tractors in one field in one day.  Nearly all of the tractors pull into the staging area in Mackinaw City on Thursday the day before the event to line up with their respective clubs.  Friday morning around 9:00am we have the Mackinaw City parade and the Mackinac Bridge parades leave the staging area at the same time.  It takes about 50 minutes to clear over 800 tractors from the lot.  The Mackinac Bridge Parade travel directly to the bridge and enter the bridge with the Mackinac Bridge Authority directing them.  The Mackinaw City parade travels through town and get on the bridge right behind the bridge parade. The tractors for the 2014 event will travel over the Mackinac Bridge and into the city of St. Ignace, Michigan.  The whole travel time from beginning to end is about 3 1/2 hours.  

In 2013 there were 907 Tractors that crossed the Mighty Mackinac Bridge.  What a great time we all had. A new location in downtown St. Ignace and new loading ramps helped make the event a success.

All clubs interested in participating must register their club first and be in touch with our company to participate. Above are Rules & Regulations for the event on the 2014 event page.

So, if you are a tractor enthusiast and interested in the event, then we would encourage you to come visit us in September and watch the Antique Tractor Parade like no other.  If you would like to be a sponsor of our event for advertising purposes, please feel free to contact us.

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2014  Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing

2013  Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing
2013 Owosso Tractor Parts Show (Owosso, MI)

Previous Bridge Crossing Events

Owosso Tractor Parts Web Site, New, Used Parts





January 1, 2014


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Bob Baumgras
Owosso Tractor Parts
Owosso Michigan
www.owossotractorparts.com

1-888-530-4554


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