Stormy weather didn’t stop the tractors from rolling, as 27 tractors participated in the first-ever Osakis FFA Tractor Drive, along with a hay rack full of people who went along for the ride.

Five Osakis students also helped out during the pre-planning and on the day of the event last month, according to Rachel Moe, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Osakis Public Schools. They had a good reason to be there, since those students will be attending the FFA's national convention from Oct. 28 through Nov. 2.

After the 21-mile tractor drive around Lake Osakis, participants and community members enjoyed a pork chop lunch at the Osakis Creamery where free-will donations were collected.

“It was a huge turnout and very much appreciated,” Moe said.

Besides the fun and the scenery, the event was also a successful fundraiser. From the sponsors and on the day of the event, the FFA raised more than $3,300, which will cover almost the whole cost of the trip.

“For the first year of this event, that was awesome,” Moe said, adding that all of the money that was raised will go to help fund the trip to this year’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.