The 6th Annual Chris Barker Memorial Tractor held on Sunday, June 8, welcomed 90 tractor drivers from all over Illinois. The tractor drive which perpetuates the Chris Barker Memorial Scholarship through the Shelby County Farm Bureau Foundation raised over $8,500 and deemed another huge success.
Antique and new tractors from all over Illinois participated in the ride to raise funds for the Chris Barker Memorial Scholarship. 90 tractors of all makes and models registered for the event held in Strasburg. A long and short route made their way to Hidden Springs State Park and Wesley Chapel before making the drive back to Strasburg for lunch.
In addition to the drive a silent auction was held thanks to the generous donations of local businesses.
A special thanks to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Strasburg Fire Department and the Village of Strasburg for helping the tractor drivers cross highways and travel safely through the county.
Since 2009, nineteen Shelby County students have been awarded $20,250 in scholarship monies to continue their education in agriculture through the Chris Barker Memorial Scholarship.
The 2015 drive will be held on Sunday, June 7, at a local to be determined. For more information on the Chris Barker Memorial Scholarship and the Shelby County Farm Bureau Foundation or to make a contribution, please contact the Shelby County Farm Bureau at 217-774-2151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.