The Knights of Columbus Journey for Charity will be Sunday, Sept. 8, and will stretch from St. Clair to Washington.
The 30-mile cruise is held each year to help raise money and collect food for area pantries. The Washington, Union, St. Clair and St. John’s-Gildehaus Knights of Columbus councils all take part in the event.
Last year there was $19,000 raised, along with 1,000 pounds of food, both of which are distributed among local food pantries.
The tractor ride organizers recently were recognized with the international community service award by the Knights of Columbus.
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Ozark Die Casting on Lofting Drive in St. Clair with a blessing of the fleet by Father Bob Knight of St. Clare Catholic Church. Following the blessing, at about 10:30-45 a.m., tractors will begin their cruise.
During the cruise, there will be service vehicles collecting canned and nonperishable food items or cash donations along the route.
Last year, there were more than 80 tractors that took part in the cruise, and even more are expected this year.
Once the cruise ends, drivers can load their tractors and leave from Washington.
Tractor drivers will arrive at the Washington Knights of Columbus at about 3 p.m. where a celebration will take place.
A barbecue will be held as well as a pedal tractor pull for children. The barbecue is open to the public and donations will be accepted.
All riders, and those who donate food along the route, will receive a souvenir dash plaque with the Journey for Charity logo. The plaque will be a collector’s item and will mark the year of the event, Jasper said.
There are some changes to the event this year, including an expanded route. Following is the route, including the changes.
The parade begins at Ozark Die Casting and will turn onto Route TT. The tractors will proceed on Commercial Avenue, Main Street, Springfield Avenue, Gravois Avenue, North Service Road, Highway AB and Happy Sac Road. The route then follows Route AD, North Bend Road, Clearview Road and Highway 50 West.
In Union the tractors will head west to Independence, then travel on Old Highway 50 to West Main Street. Tractors will take a right on West Main back toward Independence then head north to West Park Road. Tractors will circle around the Sunset Health Care Center then head back to Park Street toward North Washington Avenue. From there, tractors will travel on North Washington to Main Street, then east toward the courthouse to North Church.
From Church Street, tractors will go right on Independence, then cross over 47 and head to Highway V, Clearview Road, Bethlehem Church Road, North Goodes Mill Road to South Point Road. From there, tractors will travel on Highway 100 to West Fifth Street, then to High Street, Front Street, and take Tiemann Drive to North Grand, Fifth Street, and will follow Clay Street back to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washington, where the route ends.