By LINDA WOODLAND
FOR THE COURIER
RISINGSUN — The annual Tri-County Tractor Ride fundraiser will be rumbling through Seneca and Wood counties today.
Organizer Michael Cox of Risingsun said more than two dozen tractor riders signed up for the event, which starts at 8 a.m. at the Dollar General store in Risingsun, then heads west toward Bowling Green.
“We have about 25 signed up now and there’s usually more the day of the ride,” Cox said.
The fundraiser collects $30 from each tractor rider and all proceeds benefit the Risingsun Historical Society.
“A lot of the original (historical society) members are getting older and some have passed. We are making an effort to revive it and just want to help keep it going,” he said.
“The money we raise from the tractor ride will benefit renovations and upkeep of the museum and other projects for the historical society.”
Cox said the group will be riding down country roads on the way to the first stop in Wayne.
“We’ll be having breakfast at the Country Farmhouse in Wayne,” he said, adding that Hope Lutheran Church on Linwood Road and the Mount Zion Church on Bays Road have offered their facilities for restroom breaks.
From Wayne, the group will continue on to the Wood County Historical Museum.
“We’ll tour the grounds and museum there and then have lunch there,” Cox said. The group is planning to arrive around noon.
The parade of tractor riders will then head back to Risingsun Village Hall, where they will be offered homemade ice cream and cookies.
“We’ll take about eight different roads for the trip,” Cox said. “We just ask that drivers watch out for us as we’re traveling these back roads.”
This is the second year for the tractor ride.