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There’s a summer parade in Waterman you won’t want to miss - this one is exclusively tractors!

See lots of tractors – from vintage to modern ones – as the farm machines power through the streets of Waterman on Saturday, July 18. Farmers and other tractor drivers will showcase a variety of large and small tractors for the community’s enjoyment.

The Tractor Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. beginning at Lions Park. It is being cosponsored by the Waterman Lions Club and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

From the streets of Waterman you will be able to vote for your favorite tractor by texting the tractor number to a designated text site. The tractor with the most texts will be awarded a prize.

For those interested in driving a tractor in the parade, contact the Farm Bureau office, 815-756-6361, to enter your tractor. Entry fee is $40 which goes to DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program and also covers the cost of a noon meal prepared by the Lions Club.

Tractors will check in by 9:30 a.m. and line up at Lions Park, 271 S. Birch St., Waterman.

Leading the Tractor Parade will be Mark Tuttle, DeKalb County Farm Bureau President.

Tractor drivers who want a longer ride may also participate in a tractor drive which starts at 8 a.m. at Rollo Park and ends at Waterman Lions Park to participate in the Waterman Tractor Parade.

The Tractor Parade is part of the modified 20th Annual Summerfest in Waterman. This year the Lions Club is planning the parade, a drive-thru meal and draw-down raffle during the day. In the evening they are making plans for an outdoor drive-in movie and fireworks, all while practicing social distancing.

“It’s our COVID-19 edition of Summerfest,” says Shawn Blobaum, chairman of the event for the Waterman Lions Club.

“In the past Summerfest has included numerous events and activities occurring in Waterman, but this year we are limited in what we can do based on COVID restrictions.

We have the support of the community to hold a parade, and provide fireworks and a drive-in movie.

All of these events are free for viewing and open to all interested persons,” stated Blobaum.

For more information contact Shawn Blobaum, Waterman Lions Club, 815-275-4874 or Mariam Wassmann, Farm Bureau Foundation, 815-756-6361, Facebook: 20th Annual Waterman Summerfest.

See Summerfest schedule below.

Summerfest Schedule:

10:30 a.m. Tractor Parade – Parade will travel through the streets of Waterman, beginning and ending at Lions Park.

11 a.m. Drive-Thru Meal – Lions Club will grill pork chop, hamburger and hot dog sandwiches with chips & drink at Lions Park.

5 p.m. Lions Raffle & Drawdown – On Facebook live (Waterman Summerfest).

8 p.m. Parking Opens – For fireworks & drive-in movie at former Indian Creek Middle School Soccer Field, across from Lions Park.

9:15 p.m. Fireworks

9:35 p.m. Drive-in Movie – “ A Night at the Museum.”