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Take a country trip back in time

Antique tractors, hayrides, farms and farm museums part of daylong event

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

MOUNT MORRIS – The Mount Morris Tourism Committee presents Country Living – Past and Present, a four-stop rural history tour, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

It begins with an antique tractor and farm implement display at Mount Morris Square, on Wesley and Front Street, 2 blocks north of state Route 64. Attendees must start there by buying tickets, maps and information on each of the four stops.

The tour also includes a heritage farm, a lunchtime stop at a country pasture with a hayride, a rural church more than a century old, and a modern farm and farm museum with a silo, a soda fountain (and ice cream!), a rotating tractor in its cupola and another hayride.

Box lunches will be sold or participants can bring their own picnic.

Tickets will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are $20 a carload, or $10 per person for those 13 and older, $7 for those 6 to 12, and $2 for 5 and younger. They include a guided bus tour or maps and information for those who prefer to drive themselves.   

The bus, which seats only 40, leaves at noon.

The tour venues will be open until 4 p.m., barring steady rain or thunder and lightning. Bring a camera, organizers suggest.

Go to www.mtmorrisil.net/Tourism.html or call 779-545-0135 or 815-734-6185 for more information. 

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