Antique Tractor Pull

Ok you city folks, pull on your jeans and tshirt, put on some comfy shoes, grab a hat if you like, and put on your sun glasses.  We are off to the Mercer County Antique Tractor Pull!  This is an annual outing for us, something we look forward to.  Especially Steve.  Why do I go??  Because there is a swap meet, lots of people to watch and we eat there, so I dont have to cook!

First we amble around looking at the antique tractors on display.  (not nearly as many this year as prior years….. maybe the gas prices have something to do with that.   One guy said it cost him $90.00 to trailer his 2 tractors there from home.  One way.)

Of course Steve has to inspect every single tractor and has a running commentary the entire time.  I walk around at my own pace….. which means I sit at the end of the row and wait.

Altho I really enjoyed this entry:

If you have never been to a tractor pull, the basic idea is to see which tractor can pull the most weight the farthest.   There are different weight classes.  Each tractor uses weights to make sure they are about the same weight as all the other tractors in the class (within a few pounds)

Here are some weights, and where they put them on the tractor:

Every tractor is weighed, the weight is recorded:

The tractor is attached to a sled, a mechanical weight….. at the drawbar.  (Steve wants you to know that the drawbar has to be the same height on every tractor in that class.)  The big grey box thing on the sled is a weight that moves up toward the tractor as your tractor pulls it down the track.  That adds more and more drag and weight as you go….. and you want to have enough power to get all the way to the end of the track.

Women are allowed to play too…..

WOO HOO!  This is fun!

the crowd enjoys it…….

even the little boys do!

this guy was the winner.

There ya go!  Did ya have a good time???  We did!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sammi
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 22:14:33

    Oh yeah! that was too fun! Thank you for sharing with us …. and those sweet little boys are to die for. (Not that I’m a boy-o-holic or anything)


  2. kayp
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 23:48:11

    thanks for sharing. my brother used to do tractor pulls. thanks for nudging a nice memory for me!


  3. freda1951
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 08:00:00

    Lots of fun Gayle. Thanks for taking me along.


  4. rondabeyer
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 10:10:08

    I love to watch those along with the Pig and Ford races… Thanks for sharing a great day with us… Have a great day


  5. Karen L
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 14:40:06

    Those antique tractors are the best…..a reminder of my youth when those were the ones we used to do all our farming with. My how times have changed.

    Karen L


  6. wendysquilting
    Aug 05, 2008 @ 21:59:55

    Looks like a great time Gayle and I know someone else who would enjoy the tractors too.


  7. Darin Henrie
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:28:08

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