By Erin Martin, Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout
For the spectators lining Highway 27 at 11 a.m. on July 11 in Seneca, there will be a moment when the line of tractors stretches to the southwest, breaching the horizon created by the hill on the way out of town. It’s an iconic moment of farming pride that can only be seen at the annual Ridge and Valley Rally parade.
Chris and Tammy Olson, the third generation owners and operators of Olson Feed Service, will serve as this year’s King and Queen of the rally.
But things get underway much earlier in the day. Each year’s rally begins with a 5K/10K walk-run at 7:30 a.m. The top three male and female runners in the 5K and 10K will receive medals.
The parade line-up goes on until a half-hour before the event. Entry is only $10 per person and $5 for children 14 and under.
The race begins and ends between the Seneca School softball and baseball fields on Taylor Ridge Road.