Parade entry a community endeavor

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Our plowing experience at breaking ground at the Sunnyside Implement Parade has been a community effort. We seriously did not know what to expect or what we were doing. The only thing we knew for sure was that we wanted to showcase our beautiful Pink Tractor – our Beacon of Hope for breast cancer and raise whatever funds and awareness we could along the way.

We started by asking around about what we needed to do to get started. John from Cliff’s Septic gave us some ideas and showed us one of their vehicles. RDO Equipment Company also was very generous and sharing with us things that worked and didn’t. Then we ran into some old friends, Margie and Gilbert Trevino from Grandview, who volunteered to mentor us through the process and even went as far as helping us by making our sign for the trailer. One of our customers, Martin Pedroza from Grandview, volunteered his shop for us to use. We got started there and after three days we needed a bigger area to attach our trailer to the tractor. Trudi Kochendorfer, one of our agents, called another one of our customers, Don Adams of Conrad-Adams, and they graciously allowed us to use their facility that was less than a mile from our office here in Sunnyside.

So even though this journey was hard and scary, every prayer has been answered. Our agricultural partners and community businesses from Prosser, Grandview and here in Sunnyside have just given us so much support and we are so grateful.

/s/ Emma Sandoval, Customer Service Representative, Northwest Farm Credit Services

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