Cliff Kauffman was taken from his family and friends in an accident on the farm on September 2, 2017. He was a family man that enjoyed working on the farm, but one of his hobbies was going on tractor drives with his family and friends in the summer. In honor of Cliff, we are hosting our 3rd Cliff Kauffman Memorial Tractor Drive in his memory. The event is being held on Monday, September 6, in Arthur. A 32-mile route will take drivers on a scenic country cruise through the Heart of Illinois Amish Country that includes the communities of Arthur, Cadwell, Sullivan, Cooks Mills, and Skyline Springs.
Registration/Check-in begins Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Yoder’s Kitchen located on Route 133 in Arthur with the tractor drive departing at 8 am. The restaurant will be open at 6:30 for those that arrive early and would like to grab a bite before the drive. A rest stop will be held at Watkins farms in Sullivan and lunch will be served at the Arthur Firehouse at approximately 12:30 pm.
To participate in the drive, the driver must be driving a tractor that can maintain a speed of 10 miles per hour. You are invited to come out to Yoder’s and see the tractors and drivers prior to departure. You may also watch along the tractor drive route which is provided below.
The proceeds from the event will be going to the Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO) and the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN) to help provide funding and support for those special kids with Down syndrome. Cliff’s grandson, Colton, was born in 2014 and has Down syndrome. Colton was grandpa’s boy and just a few hours before Cliff passed away, he had taken Colton on his very last tractor ride that they would take together.
A registration fee of $45 will take care of the tractor and driver and includes one T-shirt (if available) and one lunch ticket. We will have a limited amount of lunch tickets which may be purchased for $12 and a limited number of T-Shirts available for $15 on the day of the event.
For more information, to register, or purchase a lunch ticket ahead of time, please contact Kim Weber at (217)259-7195 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event can also be found on Facebook.
1.Starting at Yoder’s Country Kitchen
2.Turn south onto CR 100E to CR 300N
3.Turn west onto 300N
4.Cross over county line road to CR 2000N
5.Continue on 2000 N to 1600E
6.Turn south onto 1600E
7.Take jog in road onto 1575E
8.Continue south on CR 1575E to 1425N
9.Turn east onto CR 1425N to 1625E
10.Turn south on 1625 E to Cooks Mills Rd (CR 1330N)
11.Turn east on 1330N which turns in 1300N
12.Continue on 1300 N to John Watkins Farm at 1724 Cooks Mills Rd, Sullivan.
14.Leave farm and head east to CR 080E
15.Turn south on 080E to 1320N
16.Take 1320N to 150E
17.Go south on 150 E to 1290N
18.Turn east onto 1290N
19.Continue on 1290N to 400E
20.Turn north onto 400E
21.Turn east onto 1400N
22.Turn north onto 500E (Skyline Springs Rd)
23.Turn west onto 1600N to 450E
24.Turn north onto 450E to 000N/1900N
25.Turn west onto 000N to 100E
26.Turn north onto 100E to 300N
27.Turn west onto 300N to County Line Rd
28.Turn north onto Country Line Rd to Rt 133
29.Turn west onto Rt. 133 to the Arthur Firehouse