Annual tractor pull roaring into fairgrounds

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 07:09 PM

Truck and tractor drivers will join fans at the Vance County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday for another year of roaring engines and friendly competition.

Contestants will pull a weighted sled through 300 feet of mud while maneuvering a variety of large vehicles as part of the Vance County Fire and Rescue seventh annual National Truck and Tractor Pull.

Gates open at 4 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Chad Blake, Hicksboro fire chief and coordinator for the event, said they are scheduled to have more than 40 vehicles participate this year.

He said four winners would be named from each class.

The event will also hold a kids pedal pull at 6 p.m. Saturday in which youth pull a small sled for a chance to go to their own championship at the North Carolina State Fair in October.

The Vance County Truck and Tractor Pullers Association sponsor the event, and proceeds go to Vance County volunteer firefighters and rescue squads.

The event usually brings out thousands. Blake said this year he expects the same.

“We hope the weather cooperates with us so we can have another successful year,” he said.

Last year, the event — which had been held in late August in recent years — was moved up in hopes of avoiding seasonal rain and the start of high school football season.

Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for children older than 5 years old. Tickets at the door are $20.

Henderson is one of many stops on the National Tractor Pullers Association of United Pullers of the Carolinas' Region IV competition.

Tickets can be purchased at local volunteer fire departments.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.