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Tractor cruise highlights community agriculture

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 8:28 am

By Rennie Davis

VANDALIA—Thirty-five tractors showed up to participate in the Vandalia Rotary Club sponsored tractor cruise on Saturday, July 11. The drivers and their tractors assembled at 8 a.m. at the Vandalia Area Fairgrounds for registration.
Tim Embree gave a prayer at 9 a.m., and event coordinator, Wendell Talbert, made sure the participants understood the route for the day. The drivers fired up their engines and left the fairgrounds heading south on route W.
The first stop was at the seed warehouse of Treyson Culwell for refreshments and warm cinnamon rolls from D & L Bakery of Curryville. Then they headed south on AC to Middletown, where they stopped for lunch at Smokin “J’s” restaurant where they had pulled pork sandwiches and fries.
Upon leaving Middletown, the tractors went west on BB to Route W, where they turned north for a stop at the Barney Farm. Doug Barney and family hosted the drivers for a rest stop and refreshments furnished by the Rotary Club.
From the Barney Farm, the cruise proceeded back to the Vandalia Area Fairgrounds where more refreshments were available, along with a drawing for prizes. During the cruise, cards were drawn at each stop for a poker hand and a prize was handed out for the high hand. All drivers received a prize for attending the cruise.
The Vandalia Rotary Club President Phil Ennis thanked all the participants for attending and explained that proceeds from the cruise will go to local Rotary projects and help with the Rotary High School Scholarship. The event concluded at 2:30 p.m.