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Benefit Tractor Cruise raises money for food pantries

Aug. 29, 2013 | 0 comments

WAUPUN

The fifth annual Ripon Green Lake Benefit Tractor Cruise was held on Saturday with 55 tractors taking part in the event to raise money for local food pantries.

According to Dennis Krueger, Berlin, an organizer of the event, the tractors travelled 56 miles through the Green Lake County countryside taking a break at Ballweg Implement in Waupun for lunch.

He said the club is organized strictly for the purpose of raising funds for food pantries and those in need.

"Last year we raised $20,500 with this cruise," he says. "Participants solicit pledges to drive in the parade and spectators donate to ride along on a wagon. There are also sponsorships from local businesses."

He says there are more people in need of help than most people imagine. The cruise benefits public school student need funds, which provide necessities for children whose families cannot otherwise afford them such as gym shoes, school supplies and eye glasses.

Krueger points out that farmers have a long history of feeding their neighbors, and it’s fitting that the tractor cruise continues that tradition.

The event began in 2009 when Lynn Pollesch and Jon Heatley brought the Ripon Green Lake Benefit Tractor Cruise to Green Lake County. A board of directors oversees the process and organization of the event and distribution of the funds raised.

The tractor cruise ended their route at the Heatley farm where participants enjoyed a barbeque and competed in slow tractor races, an event Krueger says can be lots of fun.

A variety of tractors took part in the event.

Krueger says the group does not host a show and some of the participants are antique tractor collectors and others just get involved with their farm tractors to raise funds for those in need.

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