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September 11, 2012

Beantown USA Tractor Cruise slated Sept. 15

Parsons, Kansas — American Legion Post #102 of Erie is proud to announce its 2nd Annual BEANTOWN USA Tractor Cruise to be held on Saturday September 15.

This event will be a 45 mile parade of tractors & drivers through southeast Kansas. Its purpose is to support Erie Post 102 Local American Legion Programs such as Girls State, Boys State, Oratorical Contest, Old Soldiers & Sailors Reunion etc. Post 102 would also like donate a portion of the profits toward the construction of the Chanute, Ks Area Veterans Memorial.

The Cruise will give tractor owners in the area an opportunity to exercise their older equipment, to visit amongst themselves, and to display their patriotism.

Entry fee is $35 per tractor. Pre-registration is preferred and can be done by calling Pat Smith at 620-754-3958 or Jack McGowen at 620-232-0731. Late entries will be accepted the morning of the event.

Tractors & drivers will assemble at the American Legion Rodeo Grounds on the northeast edge of Erie. They may arrive from 3 p.m. Friday September 14 (overnight security will be provided) until registration closes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Tractors will leave the Rodeo Grounds at 9 a.m. sharp Saturday morning rain or shine! They will travel south down Main Street in Erie, turn around and come back to the Erie Veterans Memorial for a photo op, and then go past Erie High School on the way to Stark for lunch.   

The next portion is a trip to Walnut where they will stop on Main Street for a rest break. Then they will continue to St. Paul where participants will have the opportunity to visit the famous Saint Francis de Hieronymo Catholic Church or the Osage Mission-Neosho County Museum.

The last leg is through the countryside back to Erie. Dinner will follow at the American Legion Hall on Main Street.

Breakfast (biscuits & gravy) will be available at the Legion Post in Erie Saturday morning from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The Grant Community Club in Stark will serve lunch (sandwiches & more) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. A dinner menu of rodeo dogs & trimmings will be served at the Erie Legion Hall Saturday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

All meals will be open to the general public (free will donations accepted) as well as to cruise entrants.

Everyone will have an opportunity to show their support for our veterans and active service personnel.

Patriotic Tan T-shirts commemorating this Tractor Cruise will be sold for $15 to help fund this event.

We would also encourage anyone interested in more information to visit our website at https://sites. google.com/site/beantownusatractorcruise/. £

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