John Canary, Johnson County farmer, is a big fan of tractor drives. He and his father have participated in many, so when the need for a fundraiser came up at a Franklin FFA Alumni meeting, it's the first thing that came to his mind.
Timing is key but sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet to get an event off the ground, and that is what Canary is doing. The first official Franklin FFA Alumni Annual Tractor Drive will be held August 30th, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"I enjoy them because it's nice to just get on a tractor and drive," Canary said. "I've driven on rides that used roads we use every day while farming. It's amazing how much you see on a tractor drive that you never saw before because of the hustle during farming season."
This drive will consist of approximately 40 miles and will start and end at Franklin Community High School. The route takes you on a scenic drive through Johnson and Shelby Counties, including a lunch break on a local farm.
Canary says the goal is to raise money for Franklin FFA and he hopes to make this a yearly event. This type of event is low overhead, therefore the majority of the entry fee goes towards the chapter to use on things such as FFA camps, conventions and judging events.
While fundraising is the main goal, the side benefits are just a bonus. Canary explains that he also really enjoys the fellowship and the opportunity to meet new people from all over the state who enjoy tractor drives as much as he does.
"It's fun to just get on and drive and see the country and support the young leaders of our nation, " Canary said.
For more information visit the event's Facebook page. Tractors of all ages and drivers from everywhere are welcome. One tractor fanatic from Illinois has already committed to attend. There will be an award for the FFA chapter that brings the most tractors.