‘Touch-A-Tractor’ event

By on April 4, 2012

ST. CHARLES—The seventh annual “Touch-A-Tractor” event will be held on the front lawn of the Kane County Farm Bureau, 2N710 Randall Road in St. Charles, from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15.

This event will benefit Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation (Ag Literacy and Scholarship Programs). Admission to the event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Kids can sit in the seat of an antique tractor, see modern farm equipment and a 1913 Steam Engine, participate in hands-on activities, ride pedal tractors, shell corn, see farm animals, explore a kiddy pool full of corn, and enter for a free chance to win their very own pedal tractor. As part of the “Harvest for ALL” hunger relief effort, each non-perishable food item brought to the event earns an extra entry in the pedal tractor drawing and will be donated to a local food pantry. Hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and refreshments will be offered to help raise funds for the KCFB Foundation.

As part of Kane County Farm Bureau’s 100-year celebration, the annual event will feature award-winning professional chainsaw carver Michael Bihlmaier of Marengo. Bihlmaier will turn the base of a 120-year-old tree into a work of art. Other events will help celebrate Kane County Farm Bureau’s 100 years in the community.

On Sunday, April 15, the winning ticket will be drawn in the KCFB Foundation Winner’s Choice Tractor Raffle. The first-prize winner will choose from a 1957 Allis Chalmers WD-45 antique tractor, a John Deere X300 riding lawn mower or $2,500 in cash. Second prize is $1,000 in groceries. Third prize is $500 in fuel. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25, and are available at the Farm Bureau or by phone, (630) 584-8660.

The Winners Choice Tractor Raffle is the primary fundraiser for KCFB Foundation college scholarships. Scholarship recipients for 2012 will be announced at a ceremony prior to the raffle drawing at 3 p.m. on April 15.