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Tractor ride honors local teen

GRUNDY CENTER (KWWL)--- Dozens of tractors crept up a hill along a Grundy County highway Sunday morning.  It was a united way of showing support for the family of Drew Scott, a northeast Iowa teen who was killed in a car accident last spring.

 "It's amazing to me what these people have done.  They have just opened their arms to us to help us during a difficult time for us when you lose your son as young as he was.  But we've also discovered how many friends he had and we have," said Lee Scott, Drew's dad.

Drew Scott loved tractors.  After he died, friends spent countless hours restoring his grandfather's tractor so it could participate in the first ride last summer.  And this year, they were amazed to see how many other ag implements lined up to honor him. 

"It's kind of empowering being able to look over your shoulder and see all the people that are there and care for the family. It's pretty inspiring," said Craig Orris, friend of Drew Scott.

Family members say he would likely be a little embarrassed of all the attention, but thrilled with the overwhelming support offered to help other farm community kids accomplish their dreams.  That's because money raised from the tractor ride is put into the Drew Scott memorial 4-H scholarship fund. 

"It's based on what Drew was.  Drew was in school as an average student, who just wanted to be on the farm.  So we wanted the scholarship to be more that way, to help kids that may not be straight A students, but they're dedicated," Lee Scott said.

And while many of those that participate in the journey wish that he could be along for the ride, Scott was well represented with a slew of his favorite Internationals.

"I think he'd be pretty proud, pretty proud.  He'd definitely be happy with all the red tractors they got going," said Lance Moeller, Drew Scott's best friend.

It's those tractors that are now helping to keep Drew Scott's memory alive. 

Last year's tractor ride raised more than $600.  This year, the ride was coupled with an auction and dinner, so family and friends are hopeful that they'll surpass that figure.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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