Thursday is Ag Day at the 175th
With the centerpiece of Ag Day being an antique tractor parade that will chug past two retirement communities and end up on the square, organizer Jerome Vittetoe said that anyone who wishes to participate in the event is welcome.
Staging for the tractor parade will begin at about 3 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The parade — actually two parades — will begin at 4 p.m. with one going past Halcyon House and the other going past the UP Home. Vittetoe said that he also said tractors would to go past the McCreedy Home and All American Care and line up on Fillmore Street for an aerial shot.
There will be no parking on interior spaces of Washington Street from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and there will be no parking all the other interior spaces from 3 to 9 p.m.
According to a map Vittetoe provided, both parades will leave the fairgrounds at about 4 p.m. and head east along West Monroe Street. The parade will turn south at South C Avenue and then east on West Van Buren. The parade will split into two at South Iowa Avenue, with one group turning south and the other continuing east.
The first group will travel south on South Iowa Avenue, turn west on Sitler Drive and head back north on South B Avenue to reach the square. The second group will turn north on South Ninth Avenue, then turn
east on East Washington Street, past the home, to turn south at South 13th Avenue. The parade will turn west on East Madison Street and travel to South Fifth Avenue, where it will turn north. At East Main Street, the parade will turn west and travel to the square.
Events begin Thursday at the fairgrounds with farm safety day kicking off at 9 a.m. A history of 4H and FFA will be featured at the Washington Public Library. Modern Ag displays will be shown around the square during the day. At 3 p.m. an event called Little Hands on the Farm will teach children the importance of agriculture. A kids pedal tractor pull will be held at 4 p.m. on the square.
As the tractors from the parade roll I, commodity food booths will be serving beef, pork and turkey products around the square. The farmers market will be held in Central Park beginning at 5 p.m. A tree giveaway will be held at 6 p.m. Square dancing will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Central park bandstand. The Washington Municipal Band will perform at 8 p.m.