Tractor drive set Saturday to mark Vermilion County Farm Bureau's centennial

Tractor drive set Saturday to mark Vermilion County Farm Bureau's centennial

DANVILLE — To celebrate the Vermilion County Farm Bureau's centennial, nearly 50 farm tractors from the 1940s to modern day will travel in a caravan Saturday, starting at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds and stopping at Lincoln Park in Danville for a pork-chop lunch.

The Heritage Farm Tractor Drive, featuring tractors ranging from a 1946 Farmall H&M to a 2018 John Deere 5090, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds west of Danville, off U.S. 150.

Veteran farm broadcaster Max Armstrong will be the grand marshal, leading the drive in his own IH 560 tractor.

The tractor caravan will roll toward Oakwood on U.S. 150, turn south onto Catlin-Homer Road and continue into Catlin with a rest stop at the community park around 10 a.m. It will continue on Lyons Road to Grape Creek Road, then head into Danville on Perrysville Road, take Buchanan and South streets to Main Street, then turn north on Logan Avenue to Lincoln Park, arriving around noon.

A pork-chop-sandwich lunch will be available for purchase at Lincoln Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. After lunch, the tractor drive will return to the fairgrounds.

Farm bureau Executive Director Kerry Wienke said the caravan will showcase how farm equipment has changed through the bureau's 100 years.

"We invite anyone to come out and get an up-close look at the tractors during the stops at the parks in Catlin and Danville," he said.

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