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2023 Cliff Kauffman Memorial Tractor Drive, Sept. 4

5th Cliff Kauffman Memorial Tractor Drive set for Monday, September 4.

Cliff Kauffman was taken from his family and friends in an accident on the farm on September 2, 2017. He was a family man that enjoyed working on the farm, but one of his hobbies was going on tractor drives with his family and friends in the summer.

In honor of Cliff, we are hosting our 5th Cliff Kauffman Memorial Tractor Drive in his memory. The event is being held on Monday, September 4, in Arthur. A 30-mile route will take drivers on a scenic country cruise through the Heart of Illinois Amish Country that includes the communities of Arthur, Chesterville, Arcola, and Humboldt

Registration/Check-in begins Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Yoder’s Kitchen located on Route 133 in Arthur with the tractor drive departing at 8 am. The restaurant will be open at 6:30 for those that arrive early and would like to grab a bite before the drive. A rest stop will be held at DuWayne Miller’s farm in Arcola and lunch will be served at the Arthur Firehouse at approximately 12:00 pm.

To participate in the drive, the driver must be driving a tractor that can maintain a speed of 10 miles per hour. You are invited to come out to Yoder’s and see the tractors and drivers prior to departure. You may also watch along the tractor drive route which is provided below.

With this being our 5th tractor drive, we will also have an on-site raffle for a handful of items. Tickets can be purchased in advanced by contacting Debby Kauffman or Karen Litteral. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at registration or during lunch at the firehouse. Tickets are $5/ticket or 5 for $20. We will have rocker lawn chairs, a wood sign with an American flag and tractor, 2 tractor pictures, and an oak tractor coaster set.

The proceeds from the event will be going to the Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO) and the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN) to help provide funding and support for those special kids with Down syndrome. Cliff’s grandson, Colton, was born in 2014 and has Down syndrome. Colton was grandpa’s boy and just a few hours before Cliff passed away, he had taken Colton on his very last tractor ride that they would take together.

An on-site registration fee of $50 will take care of the tractor and driver and includes one T-shirt (if available) and one lunch ticket. We will have a limited amount of lunch tickets which may be purchased for $15 and a limited number of T-Shirts available for $20 on the day of the event.

We would also like to send a big THANK YOU to our sponsors which include Graham Veterinary Clinic, Effingham Equity, Weger Accounting & Consulting, Farm Credit Illinois, Yoder Seed, Advance Trading, Birkey’s Farm Store, State Bank of Arthur, Rural King, and Kitchen Seed. We appreciate your support!

For more information, to register, or purchase a lunch ticket ahead of time, please contact Kim Weber at (217)259-7195 or by email at cliffkauffmantractordrive@gmail.com. The event can also be found on Facebook.

Planned Route:

Turn left out of Yoder’s Kitchen onto Rt. 133

Turn left onto the County Line Rd.

Turn left on 300N

Turn left on 200E

Cross over Rt 133 and turn right on 500N

Then left on 400N

Turn right on 400E

Go through Chesterville and follow road to the Bourbon Rd.

Cross over the Bourbon Rd and turn right on 550E

Cross over Rt. 133 again and turn left on 300N

Turn right on 575E

Turn left on 200N

Turn right on 600E to the DuWayne Miller farm for break.

After break, turn right out of Miller farm on 600E

Turn left on 100N

Turn right on 630E

Make a right on 1830N

Turn right on 1600N (Coles Co)

Make a right on 450E and go past Aikman Wildlife

Continue north on 425E

Turn left on 300N

Turn left on 200E

Turn right on 240N and cross over 100E

Turn right on the County Line Rd. to Rt 133

Turn left onto Rt 133 to the Arthur Firehouse

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