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Published November 25, 2011, 03:51 PM

Lit-up Tractors a Tradition on 32nd Ave in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Two tractors along 32nd Avenue are lighting up the holidays. The displays have become a tradition for Ag Country Farm Credit Services.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Two tractors along 32nd Avenue are lighting up the holidays.

The displays have become a tradition for Ag Country Farm Credit Services.

Inside the shop at Titan Machinery, Ag County Farm Credit Service Employees are putting up the Christmas lights. It's a much warmer place than when they first started doing this 14 years ago.

"We did it all outside we didn't think the tape was going to stick at all," Jean Johnson said.

Some of the work is still done outside after the equipment is brought to the Ag Country property on 32nd Avenue.

"All the wheels need to be done on the outside so they can drive it over. and the windshield is done on the outside," light project coordinator Seth Twedt said.

Twedt is in charge of the project. Weeks before this decorating day, plans are drawn to make sure the lights fit the tractor.

"The inside lights are all stationary and the outside lights are all turning," Twedt said. "We use aour receipts from the year before to figure out how many lights we used and figure out how many we need."

Each year they light up a different piece of farm machinery. This year it's a Case IH tractor and a smaller John Deere tractor. They were dressed just across town at North Country Equipment.

"15-20 rolls of duck tape and we are probably going to need another ten," Twedt said.

Once they flip the switch, 30,000 lights on 300 strings between the two tractors glow in Christmas green and red.

"They come and do their Christmas picture. We also have young kids that ask their parents to drive by to see when the equipment is going to be lit. It's almost something that we feel that we have to do in the community now," Johnson said.

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