A Racine County Sheriff’s Deputy leads the way for dozens of tractors riding through 30 miles of nearby countryside. (Photo by Terry Alby)


Engines and grills will be firing up in the village on Sunday, Oct. 2, for the Lions Club of Waterford’s annual Chicken BBQ and Tractorcade.

The fall-time favorite event kicks off with dozens of tractors departing at 9 a.m. from Waterford’s Whitford Park, 625 S. First St., and making their way to the west end of town, onto Marsh Road, through the Tichigan Wildlife Area and back down to Highway D in Rochester to complete the 30-mile countryside ride.

The tractorcade tradition began in 2009, when retired farmer Jerry Weinkauf and Lion Gary Tilleros teamed up to bring the attraction that would complement the Lions Club’s long-running, signature cookout fundraiser, as well as honor Waterford’s rich agricultural history.

As with previous years, spectators along the route can expect to see a rainbow of different tractors, with a variety of proud drivers behind their wheels.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office and Waterford Police Department help cross tractors at busy intersections and keep everyone safe, according to Tilleros, who has said the service is “a tremendous assistance” to organizers.

Weinkauf recommends catching the tractorcade on Barnes Drive near Waterford Union High School’s football field, at approximately 9:15 a.m. Spectators should park on south side of Barnes Drive. Or, later in the route, spectators can see the tractors in Rochester, near DW Coffee, 201 W. Main St., between approximately noon and 12:30.

For a route map, visit the Lions Club of Waterford on Facebook.


Advance BBQ tickets

The Lions Chicken BBQ will take place at Whitford Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for drive-through service. Limited parking will be available.

Advance tickets are $13 and available from any Waterford Lions Club member, or at River City Lanes, 730 Cornerstone Crossing; Bon Voyage World Travel, 116 N. Milwaukee St.; or Maas & Sons, 29110 Evergreen Drive.

Meals include a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, dinner roll and cookies. Beer and soda will be served in the park pavilion. Basket raffles from the club’s recent, rained-out car show will also be available in the pavilion.

Tickets purchased the day of the event are $15. Those who buy five advanced tickets will get a sixth meal for free.