Midwestern humility, a trait that’s admired and desired

Greetings from the Ridge. It was the only contest I can remember ever winning. 4-H had a project called “Tractor” or “Farm Driving” or something like that. The culmination of the year’s activity was a Tractor Rodeo of sorts. We little farm kids were assigned a tractor then taken to a lot full of obstacles, machinery and other hazards. Each of us had to complete a series of intricate driving maneu- vers and the grand finale was the “Backing Competition.” Each young farmer had to back a two-wheeled then a four-wheeled cart through a series of flags, cultivators, plows, and stick figures meant to resemble young girls about to get smashed by the backer and his tractor. I always felt that the “little girl getting creamed” was a bit gross. At least you had extra points deducted if you ran over her cardboard figure. Her name was Polly and every few minutes during the contest you’d hear someone shout, “He just ran over Polly!” &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>