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Tractor driving skills come naturally for NCW kids, but competition takes practice

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WATERVILLE — In North Central Washington, where orchards, vineyards, cattle ranches and vast wheat fields cover much of the land, kids often learn to drive a tractor long before they get a driver’s license to legally drive a car.

High school FFA classes help students learn to operate farm machinery safely. But when fair time rolls around, it’s all about the competition and the taste of victory.

“Can I drive a tractor? Heck yeah,” boasted Lupe Villasenor, who graduated Chelan…

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