By Rick Mueller
On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, 34 tractors participated in the first “Northern Route” of the Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Councils in Franklin County. The rain that morning kept a few people from participating. However, the rest braved the weather and left St. Ignatius at 10:15, on time, in the rain.
By the time we arrived in Marthasville the rain had pretty much stopped. We had a short break at St. Vincent’s in Dutzow, then went through Augusta and made it into Washington on schedule, where we joined up with the southern group.
Everything went very smoothly, especially with the great support we had from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Warren County Sheriff’s Department and the St. Charles County Police Department. Between the two groups, there was over 7000 lbs. of food collected! The food items were distributed to the area food pantries that evening. One seventh, or approximately 1000 lbs. of food, was provided to the Southern Warren and St. Charles County Food Pantry located at Charrette Baptist Church in Marthasville.
We would like to thank everyone that came out to donate and support the drivers. We also received donations from many of the businesses in the area leading up to the event. Special thanks to Ballmann Earthworks for following the tractors with their equipment support truck. They helped with extra fuel and a couple of flat tires. Thanks also to Sydenstricker in Dutzow for providing two John Deere UTVs for food collection along the route.
The total for this year came to $36,400, as compared to $32,000 last year for the entire event. That means $5200 will go to the Southern Warren and St. Charles County Food Pantry located at Charrette Baptist Church in Marthasville. Thanks again to everyone who supported this event in any way. Based on the success this year, the northern route organizers are planning to participate again next year. The date for next year is Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.
Tractors from the northern route at Augusta Bottom Road and State Hwy. 47.