A popular event at recent Husker Harvest Days is the Ride 'n' Drive. Husker Harvest Days visitors will be able to put pickups and UTV's through different Ride 'n' Drive courses. Company representatives will be on hand to answer questions and point out the unique features of their equipment.
Yamaha, Ram and Honda are participating in the Ride 'n' Drives. They will be located south of the south tram road in from the parking lot, just east of exhibitor parking.
"Visitors to Husker Harvest Days really enjoy being able to test drive different pickups and UTV's," says Matt Jungmann, national events manager. "This is a great opportunity to try out a new vehicle and see how it performs on a test track."
Visitors to the 2013 Husker Harvest Days will be among the first in the country to test drive the all-new 2014 Yamaha Viking™ Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles. The Husker Harvest Days demo rides will give farmers and ranchers a chance to drive the new Viking and imagine how they might use the vehicle as a tool to haul seed, scout and check on crops, and conduct spot spraying. On livestock operations, the Viking can be used for countless tasks including feed hauling, pasture management, herd health scouting, chute and equipment movement, and crew transport.
The Ram Truck brand is bringing an interactive experience to the Husker Harvest Days and attendees will have the opportunity to ride through a performance track filled with obstacles and real life road hazards that showcase the performance and safety features of Ram trucks. Participants in the Ram Off-Road Experience will ride with a performance driver through a 25,000-square-foot interactive obstacle course that showcases the capabilities of Ram trucks including a 13-foot, 30-degree hill climb to demonstrate traction; rocks and logs to demonstrate articulation and stability; bumps to demonstrate suspension; and a Ram Mountain to demonstrate ground clearance, approach and departure angles. Once atop the mountain, riders sit nearly 20 feet off the ground, providing a panoramic view of the show.
This year's Husker Harvest Days demonstration rides by Honda will feature the all-new, 2014 Pioneer Side-by-Side Utility Vehicles, the 700 and 700-4. The Pioneer 700-4 features an all-new convertible design that allows the two rear seats to fold into the bed. Owners can opt to use the Pioneer with two-seat, three-seat or four-seat configurations. Best of all, the rear seats fold quickly and easily without the need for tools, and once folded away the Pioneer's tilt-bed space can be fully utilized. This gives the Pioneer all the versatility of a cargo hauler or four-passenger Side-by-Side, on a more maneuverable, two-passenger sized wheelbase. The Pioneer has the only industry standard roll-over protection certification for its class of Side-by-Side vehicles.
There is no extra cost to participate in a Ride 'n' Drive. Hours for the Ride 'n' Drives are the same as the show hours – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Plan to attend
Husker Harvest Days, set for Sept. 10, 11 and 12, is located west of Grand Island, 1-1/2 miles north and 2 miles west of Alda in central Nebraska on Husker Highway. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13-17, and ages 12 and under are free. Adult tickets are available for sale on the Husker Harvest Days website and at the show gates. For additional information, visit www.HuskerHarvestDays.com. The public is welcome. There's a handy app for iPhone and Android mobile phones available in your respective app store, search "Husker Harvest Days."