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Being Part of the Pull

Tractor pulling skid full of people 

Sue-Head-ShotThere really is nothing quite like a good ol' tractor pull to get the local redneck crowd fired up.  If you've ever been to one of these interesting events at a local fair or other venue your likely to find a tractor pulling a huge sled that has a mechanical weight which works its way forward putting more force and weight on the tractor pulling it.  The tractor pulls until it can't go anymore and the distance is judged.  Now add in different size engines and class rating and you've got a tractor pull.

The one I attended was similar to this except for the small fact that instead of having a motorized sled. They had a large flat skid, and instead of a mechanical weight they used people!  How fun.  My daughter joined in the fun being "part of the pull" as they called it.  It was held on a local farm with people coming near and far to put their tractors to the test. 

What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon...sitting in my lawnchair, having a cold one, and cheering on the tractors.  This weekend at one of the regional county fairs they are having a combine demolition derby.  Now there would be something to see!! 
 

 

nebraska dave
8/30/2011 8:24:41 PM

Sue, you are so right. There's nothing like watching tractors at play. We have a tulip festival a couple hours from where I live. Part of the festivities is to watch a tractor rodeo. There are several events that require skill and co ordination in order to win. Some of the events are driving blind while another rider tells the person which way to turn as they traverse a barrel course, driving a tractor up onto a teeter totter looking thing and try to balance the tractor on it, and my favorite is the tractor race. The slowest tractor (last) to cross the finish line wins. The most comical race I've seen was when this massive Oliver diesel pulled up next to a little farmall cub. It looked like a whale versus a flea. It was hilarious to watch the giant Oliver creep along with the rain cap on the exhaust bobbing up and down and the teeny little cub trying its best to stay back withe Oliver. Well, the Oliver won by about half the course. It was amazing the behemoth of power Oliver could also go so slow. Another one of my favorite tractor events was the tractor square dance. It's pretty amazing how they can whirl around so close and not hit each other. A good old fashion tractor pull does bring out the crowd. It's even better if the competing tractors just came from the field and have a little dirt and grease here and there. That's what tractor pulls are supposed to be and not the souped up nitro guzzling circuit riding tractors. Have a great tractor pull day.