Preparations are being made for the 11th annual tractor cruise through Franklin County.

The Knights of Columbus’ Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9. The annual event raises funds and collects food for local pantries.

The 30-mile cruise spans Franklin County. The cruise starts in St. Clair and ends in Washington.

The event is organized by the Union, Washington, St. Clair and St. John’s-Gildehaus Knights of Columbus councils.

The cruise will kick off with a blessing of the fleet ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Ozark Die Casting on Lofting Drive in St. Clair.

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

Schedule

Following the blessing, tractors will be staged and should begin taking off from St. Clair at 10:45 a.m.

The tractors will arrive in Union a little after noon, where they will break for about 30 minutes. The cruise through Union is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

The tractors will start their cruise through Washington at 1:45 p.m.

The final stop will be at the Washington Knights of Columbus grounds, scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. a tractor show and barbecue are scheduled at the Washington Knights of Columbus. A kids pedal tractor pull, food and tractors will be on site.

Donations also will be accepted on site.

Route

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 Road, 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 Street., to Front Street, and take Tiemann Drive to North Park Drive, Grand Avenue, Fifth Street, and will follow Clay Street back to the KC Hall in Washington, where the route ends at the Washington KC Hall.