Last Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day for a tractor pull! The sun was shining, the humidity was low, a breeze was blowing, and the temps were in the upper seventies. After two days of downpours, the clay on the track was very wet and that meant it wasn’t optimum conditions for pulling. But for spectating, it was just perfect.
Joshua is fortunate that his uncles and auntie-to-be are tractor pullers so he was the envy of all two-year-olds and got an up-close look at the tractors and got to hang out with the cool kids before they started pulling.
Uncle Jonathan and Uncle Nathaniel watch a pull and wait by Nate’s Case tractor, the smaller of his two tractors pulls in the 3500lb class.
Auntie Ellen poses on Uncle Jon’s Ford tractor. She pulls in the 4500lb class with it, and Uncle Jon pulls in the 5500lb class. Weights are added to increase the tractor’s weight so it can pull in the heavier class. I think it’s sweet that they share the tractor!
Joshua watches the noisy tractors pull back and forth from the safety of the sidelines. I’m sure that in a few years he’ll want to be in the pit helping his uncles, and before long he’ll be pulling with his own antique tractor. He says he wants a John Deere, but I’d love to see him on a blue tractor to match his blue eyes. The problem is that this antique class only accepts 1955 and older tractors, and at that time Ford tractors weren’t blue, they were red and gray like Uncle Jon’s. Maybe we can import an old blue Fordson from Europe… Ha!
Uncle Jon pulls in the 5500lb class.
Uncle Nate pulls in the 5500lb and 6500lb class with his larger Case tractor. Yes, he has TWO of them. Check out that wheelie! Don’t worry, it’s a rule that there are wheelie bars on the back of the tractor to prevent it from tipping over backwards.
Since we were there all day, Joshua had plenty of time to watch intently as well as run around in the freshly mowed hay field. What fun he had!
Have you ever been to a tractor pull? What’s your favorite kind of tractor?
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