The Knights of Columbus’  10th annual Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise to raise funds and collect food for local pantries is this Sunday, Sept. 10.

The 30-mile cruise from St. Clair to Washington is organized by the Union, Washington, St. Clair and St. John’s-Gildehaus Knights of Columbus councils.

A blessing of the fleet ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Ozark Die Casting on Lofting Drive in St. Clair. Father Joe Post of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Union, will do the blessing.

During the cruise, there will be utility vehicles collecting canned goods, nonperishable food items or cash donations along the route. The food collected helps pantries stock shelves immediately.

People may donate along the route or send checks to Knights of Columbus Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise at P.O. Box 561, Union, MO 63084.


Following the blessing, tractors will be staged and should begin taking off from St. Clair at 11 a.m.

The tractors will arrive in Union a little after noon, where they will break for about 30 minutes.

The final stop will be at the Washington Knights of Columbus, between 2:30-3 p.m. A kids pedal tractor pull and barbecue will be held in Washington. Tractors also will be on display.

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, Highway 30 overpass of Interstate 44, North Service Road, Highway AB and Happy Sac Road.

The route then follows Route AD, North Bend Road, Clearview Road and Highway 50 West. Tractors will stop at the Union Knights of Columbus Hall until about 12:30 p.m.

From there, 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.

Tractors will travel on North Washington Independence, then cross over 47 and head to Highway V, Clearview Road, Bethlehem Church Road, North Goodes Mill Road to South Point Road.

The tractors will then travel on Highway 100 to West Fifth Street, right on Cedar Street, left on Main Street, right on Olive St., to Front Street, and take Tiemann Drive to North Grand, Fifth Street, and will follow Clay Street back to the KC Hall in Washington, where the route ends at the Washington Knights of Columbus Hall.