The first ever Ride the River was held in 2008. It was decided that the ride would be held every two years, if it was a success. Central Illinois Green Club partnered with Kankakee Community College and the first ride was laid out. It was a 50 mile tractor ride along the Kankakee and Iroquois River. It was decided that the “Ride the River” proceeds will Benefit KCC scholarships for Ag/Hort students.
With the first ride raising over $8,000 for Agriculture and Horticulture students at KCC, it was more than a success. Here is the official summary letter for the 2008 ride.
Here is the list of sponsors for Ride the River 2008:
Hogan-Walker, Heritage FS, MWS Seeds, Midwest Transit, Bunge, Chebanse Grain, FBI Buildings, First Farm Credit, Aqua Illinois, Hertz Rental, Kankakee Starter and Alternator, Centrue Bank Streator, Monicals Pizza, Herscher Grain, State Bank of Herscher, Stoller International, Pfister Hybrid Corn Co., L&G Seed, Slow Boys Tractor and Engine Club. We want to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support!
The 2008 Ride the River Signature Sponsor was Hogan Walker.
Ride the River Photo Gallery
We would also like to thank all the club members that took pictures of the ride and the activities that occurred during the ride. Check out the Ride the River 2008 photo gallery and enjoy all the photos submitted to the website.