Ride the River is back! Tractor enthusiasts from all over are invited to bring their tractors and participate in the 2014 “Ride the River” Vintage Tractor Ride, scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2014 along the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers.
“We are extremely excited to bring this unique and special event back again.” notes John Evans, Sr., President of the Central Illinois Green Club. “The 2008, 2010 and 2012 rides created a substantial scholarship for KCC Ag and Horticulture students. This year’s ride will directly benefit local agriculture students at the High School level. Specifically the proceeds will benefit the Herscher, Dwight Clifton Central, Iroquois West and Peotone FFA chapters.
This year the ride will begin at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds with a 6:30 a.m. check-in, coffee and donuts. Participants are encouraged to bring their tractors to the Fairgrounds the night before, but may also arrive the morning of the event. For those wishing to come in the night before, overnight security and surveillance will be provided on-site. An estimated 150 tractors will leave the Kankakee Fairgrounds, following a route of approximately 50 miles.
Ride the river has always and will continue to be a fun way for enthusiasts to get together, show off their pride and joy vintage tractors, see the tractors brought by other collectors, and enjoy a beautiful, scenic ride for a great cause. Best of all, supporting this year’s event will mean bolstering future generations of farmers throughout the region.