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Dubuque County kid builds pop can tractor


A Dubuque County sixth grader made a tractor entirely out of pop cans.

12-year-old Will Koopman made the tractor for a 4H project. It took him seven months to complete, and he ended up winning a purple ribbon the Dubuque County Fair, which allowed him to go on to the Iowa State Fair, where he won a blue ribbon, the highest possible award.

"I got the idea from a guy, he made a chair out of cans," Koopman said.

The tractor is made of 620 Pepsi brand pop cans. When an area Pepsi franchise caught wind of the structure, the owners offered Koopman $250 for it, which the 12-year-old donated back to his school.

"I'm very proud that he had a goal and he accomplished his goal," his mom Jill Koopman said. "It's nice to see young kids to stick with something."

The tractor, which weight about 25 pounds, Pepsi will use at local promotional events.

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