CRYSTAL LAKE — From the time Howard Uhrich was a young child, he loved tractors.
"My first tractor was one my grandparents gave me, and it was before I even had a driver's license," Uhrich said Friday.
It's a love that's grown through the years — to a collection of about 200 tractors.
Uhrich and his friends were among about 100 drivers who took part in the seventh annual tractor drive to kick off the Platte Valley Antique Machinery Association's annual show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area.
Uhrich, who has been tinkering with tractors for more than 50 years, still has fond memories of that first tractor, a Farmall.
"Me and my buddies would walk home from school and we'd pull an old car hood down the dirt road and ride in it as a sled," Uhrich said. "It was too cold to do it in the winter time. We'd come home and all you could see was our eyes and mom would say, 'Get in the bathtub.' "