Curtain falls on the square dancing tractor troupe
Russ Davis (left) and Neil Wedeking made up one of the four Farmall Promenade “couples.” They portrayed Mr. and Mrs. DeKalb and “danced” as a couple in square dance numbers performed with Farmall tractors dating to the 1940s and ’50s.
Eight farmers from Nemaha, Iowa, developed dances using Farmall tractors for their community’s centennial celebration in 1999. The production developed into a 10-year stint of paid performances at events across the Midwest.
The dance routines presented by the Farmall Promenade often brought tractor wheels within a hair’s breadth of one another, as Mr. and Mrs. Garst (played by Damon Mooney, left, and Jeff Smith) demonstrate here.