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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Annual tractor pull is popular event

  • It's one of the most popular events during the week.
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  •  — It's one of the most popular events during the week.
    The annual Farm Tractor Pull will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4 at this year's edition of the Wayne County Fair.
    "Some of them are souped up pretty good," said Jim Fox, chairman of entertainment for the fair board.
    The event features nine weight classes for the tractors. All of them are farm tractors, said Fox, but some of them have more power than others.
    One interesting rule is that the tractors cannot go more than 3 miles-per-hour. If they go over that speed, a horn on the sled sounds warning the driver of the speed.
    The sled itself has a big weight which moves forward as the tractor pulls it down the track.
    A full pull is 250 feet, said Fox.
    He said a lot of the entrants come from New Jersey and New York as well as many local farmers who come to the track for a day of fun and competition.
    Fox said if more than two tractors do a full pull, then there is a pull off for the championship.
    "It's whoever goes the longest," said Fox.
    The event is free to the public with a paid admission to the fair. It is held in front of the main grandstands.
    Fox said they changed the time of the event this year to the afternoon, hoping to allow for more fans to come out and see the action. It generally lasts five to six hours.
    "I think that late in the afternoon, we might get a good turnout," said Fox.
    Page 2 of 2 - There is prize money involved in the event. The top six places in each category receive prize money. First place is $80.
    There are also first, second and third place trophies in all categories.
    The sponsor of the event this year is Marshall Machinery of Honesdale.
    So if you are in the mood for some loud, dirty action at the fairgrounds, mark 3 p.m. on Aug. 4 on your calendar. You won't be disappointed.

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