Shifting Gears Tractor Parade

(featuring “Big Bud”)

August 12, 2023
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Big Bud Tractor

Be a part of our community tractor parade in support of Three Oaks Respite Cabin - a quiet cabin where Farmers & First responders can find a much needed refuge from the stresses of life and work.

Shifting Gears Tractor Parade is scheduled to roll through Dawn Euphemia Township on August 12th. Here’s how you can be a part of it!

  1. Choose your wheels, 
  2. Sign ‘er up
  3. Shine ‘er up!*

*Decorations and flags are encouraged to show support for our agri-businesses and our country. Special prizes may be awarded.

Space is Limited

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Fundraising Goal: $50,000.00

The money raised through the Shifting Gears Tractor Parade will support ongoing programming for guests of Three Oaks Respite Cabin (link) both during and after their stay. The programs will be designed and led by registered therapists who understand the psychological difficulties faced by Farmers and First Responders. 

We continue to be amazed at the support we’ve received from individuals, businesses and the community. The generosity shown to us through donations of time, money and materials from so many is humbling and healing. 

Together we can make a difference. 

Event Details:

Parade Location

  • Staging and launch at: 887 Shetland Rd. Florence, ON. 
  • Parade destination: Florence Community Centre, 6213 Mill St. Florence, ON.
  • Community BBQ: Florence Community Centre, 6213 Mill St. Florence, ON.

For anyone needing access to parking for transport trucks or trailers, we will have extra space at DG Global yard at 1122 Shetland Rd. Florence, ON.If you have questions please contact Shifting Gears Tractor Parade Committee at

Parade Route

Parade Route Map

Parade leaves from the wheat field at 887 Shetland Rd. (intersection of Shetland Rd. and Bilton Line), travels east on Biliton Line, north on Davis Rd., west on Bentpath Line, south on Shetland Rd., and west on Lambton One to Florence.


Friday, August 11, 2023:

  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm: Staging at 887 Shetland Rd.

Saturday, August 12, 2023:

  • 8:00am - 12:30 pm: Staging at 887 Shetland Rd.
  • 2:00pm: (sharp) - Parade launch
  • 4:00pm: BBQ Dinner (donations welcome)

Organizer Contact Information

Organizer Name: Three Oaks Cabin (
Organizer Address: 1035 Shetland Rd. Florence, ON, N0P 1R0
Organizer Email: 
Organizer Telephone: 519-358-5396

We look forward to your participation in the Shifting Gears Tractor Parade on August 12th, 2023.


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General Information

  1. Registration: All units must be pre-registered by July 31, 2023. Registration will be done online, and  may close early if capacity is reached.
  2.  Waiver: All participants must sign the waiver and submit it with the registration to be fully registered
  3. To contact:  Shifting Gears Tractor Parade Committee please email: or call 519-358-5396.
  4. Right of Refusal & Final Determinations: The Shifting GearsTractor Parade Committee will have the final say on any and all matters pertaining to the Shifting Gears Tractor Parade.
  5. Cancellation: In the event of a cancellation, notice will be given on the Three Oaks Cabin website:
  6. Rules: All participants must follow the rules, schedule of events, and other updates, as provided.
  7. Payment: Donations are gratefully received at time of registration  (A minimum of $100 is suggested)
  8. Tax-Receipt: Donations of $100 or more will receive a tax-receipt for the 2023 tax year.

Parade Units

  1. Parade Units: Parade units will consist of individual tractors. Decorations and flags are encouraged to show support for our agri-businesses and our country.
  2. Tractor Operation: All tractors must be operated by an individual legally eligible to operate a tractor on roadways in Ontario.  Upon signing the attached  waiver you are confirming that the driver of the unit meets this requirement.  
  3.  Passengers: Tractors with cabs may carry one (1) additional passenger if the passenger is  inside the cab and the doors are closed and the passenger has proper seating.  Tractors without cabs may only carry the driver of the unit. 
  4. Parade Order: The order of units within the parade is at the discretion of the Shifting Gears  Tractor Parade and should be kept through the duration of the parade.
  5. Parade Flow: Please keep the parade moving forward and maintain a safe distance between units.
  6. Roadworthiness: While we appreciate all entries, for the sake of everyone’s  safety please ensure that your tractor can make the 12 km route without anticipated breakdowns.  
  7. Non-Judged Event: There are no judging categories for this parade. However, special prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the Shifting Gears Tractor Parade Committee.
  8. Cancellation of Registration: Please notify the Shifting Gears Tractor Parade Committee as soon as possible if circumstances will prevent you from attending the parade. Contact the Committee by email at:


  1. Staging Area: Space is limited in our parade staging area, please park in your designated  place within the space given.
  2. Garbage: Please be respectful of the land we are permitted to use by disposing of garbage in designated bins. 
  3. Plaque: Please place the number plaque given at registration on the right side of the hood of the unit being entered in the parade.


  1. Impairment:  Use and/or impairment of  alcohol or drugs  is prohibited during the entirety of the event.
  2. PTO Shafts: Please disengage all PTO shafts.
  3. Speed: Use a safe speed while driving in the staging area
  4. Moving: Prior to  moving the unit please complete a safety check in the surrounding area.
  5. Children: Please exercise a high level of  supervision of  children.
  6. Spectators: We are expecting spectators to view the parade along the route. To ensure safety of spectators, the Shifting Gears Parade Committee will provide and distribute candy on behalf of the participants. Thank-you for refraining from distributing your own.

Thank you for your support of Three Oaks Respite Cabin and the mental health initiative