4-H PREVIEW: It’s back — Truck and Tractor Pull


By Daily News • Last Updated 9:15 am on Monday, June 24, 2013

An old tradition has returned to the Montcalm County 4-H Fair — tractor pulls, which is being coordinated by Michigan Truck and Tractor Pullers, Wednesday, June 26. The fair board was able to bring back the event because the new, bigger fairgrounds offers enough space to have them. (Photo courtesy of MTTP)

GREENVILLE — Roaring engines, screaming tires and waves of acrid black smoke will all be a part of the show when the Michigan Truck and Tractor Pullers (MTTP) come to the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Wednesday, June 26.

The show, which starts at 7 p.m., will feature everything from farm stock tractors to super stock modified tractors. It will also have street diesel pick-ups from street diesels to pro stock diesel pick-ups.

“We are an all-volunteer-run organization that puts on pulls, mostly in the West Michigan area,” said Sam Derks, vice president of MTTP. “We really encourage area farmers and local people to participate.”

Many times, he said, the organization will get a couple of guys who make a bet on whose truck can pull more.

“We tell them to bring ‘em in and hook ’em up; we’ll find out which one’s better at pulling,” Derks said.

It’s been a while since the fair has showcased a modified truck and tractor pull, according to Sam Haglund, chairperson of the grandstand committee.

“We stopped hosting them at the old fairgrounds because the grand stand track was too short and too small. With the new grounds we have a lot more room to put on an event like this.”

The new, bigger fairgrounds is now allowing fair organizers to add more new events and, in this case, returning some traditional ones.

“We’re really excited to be able to bring modified tractor pulling back to the fair,” said Mike McGonigal, fair board president. “We’ve been getting requests for this since we moved out here to the new grounds.”

While it would have been preferable to schedule the pull for the weekend, Derks said the fairgrounds get quite a large turnout on week nights, too.

“I don’t know why that is, but our week night events have almost as many pullers turn out as the ones on the weekend,” Derks said. “We have some guys who are crazy for pulling and some local guys figure they might have a better chance in the stock classes during the week.”

“Spectators don’t need to worry,” he added. “We always have a good show and some exciting pulls at our events.”

Those interested in entering one of the classes at the Michigan Truck and Track Pullers event at Montcalm County 4-H Fair can check out the rules and specifications on the MTTP’s website, www.mttpull.com.

Article written by Lisa Johnson of the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Association

 

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