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Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 3:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 10:27 a.m. CDT

It's nearly time again for the annual Beef and Ag Tractor Ride!

The dates for this year’s ride are July 19-21. Each day the ride will depart from and return to the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton.

The Friday ride will begin with a biscuits and gravy breakfast served at 7 a.m. with a freewill donation for the breakfast. A drivers' meeting will be held prior to the 8:30 a.m. departure for Francis Park just outside of Kewanee. The drivers will travel country roads to reach Francis Park where lunch is provided to all participants. The return trip to Princeton will include some travel time on the Hennepin Canal Parkway before parading around Courthouse Square in downtown Princeton and back to the fairgrounds.

Saturday’s tour will find the drivers traveling to Putnam County with the first stop at the Marquis Energy Ethanol production plant. Lunch will be served in the park in Hennepin followed by a trip to the Putnam County Agricultural Museum and returning to Princeton via Tiskilwa.

The Sunday ride takes a rural route to Ohio and a visit at the “Ol' Fashun Threshin Days” hosted by the Bureau Valley Antique Association at Albrecht’s Grove. While there, the drivers will participate in their parade as well as the tractor pull and dynamometer testing for anyone so inclined to do so.The return trip to the fairgrounds will bring the 2013 Beef and Ag Tractor Ride to a close.

As has been the practice in the past, all proceeds from the ride are donated to the Bureau County Cattlemen’s Association for its scholarship fund and local food pantries.Registration for the ride is still available for either all three days or just one day. Anyone wishing to drive their tractor is invited to attend and may call any of the following for information: Doug Cook 815-878-3789, Gary Peach 815-303-7107, Terry Swearingen 815-878-7750, or Dave Doty 815-739-5983.

Registration fee is $50 for all three days or $35 for either Friday or Saturday. Participation in the Sunday drive is free.

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