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ANTIQUE AND GARDEN TRACTORS REV-UP THEIR ENGINES AT FARM SHOW
“Family Farm Fun Day” Gives Tractor Pulling Enthusiasts a Winter Competition
1/15/2009
Harrisburg – More than 100 antique tractors, gasoline engines, antique trucks, and feedbags were on display for visitors at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Wednesday, January 14, in Harrisburg.
 
Dave Nolt of Paradise, Lancaster County, managed the “Family Farm Fun Day,” which encompassed four events, including; a Children’s Peddle Tractor Race, a Children’s Peddle Tractor Pull, an Antique Tractor Pull, and a Garden Tractor Pull.
 
More than 120 pullers brought forth their best tractor to compete against one another in the first ever Antique and Garden Tractor Pull.  Although the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center hosts professional tractor and monster truck pulling events, this was the first of its kind to be held at the complex. 
 
“Pullers are accustomed to having events like this take place during the summer months.  During the winter, these folks get bored and are looking for an event.  This is it, here at the Farm Show,” said Nolt.  When asked about the turnout, from both participants and the crowd, Nolt summed it up with “Outstanding!  We are very pleased and the crowd looks good.”
 
Aside from the tractor pulls, this was also the first year for the Children’s Peddle Tractor Race, which was also a success.  Several youngsters came out to show off their peddle tractor skills and agility. 
 
Antique and Garden Tractors competed by weight divisions.  Weights were determined by the amount the tractors could pull and what the tractor itself weighed. 
 
Results of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Antique and Garden Tractor Pull:
 
Antique Tractor Pull
 
3,000 lb. Division
First place (1,570 inches): Mike Stimmell, Huntingdon Co.
Second place (1,450 inches): Richard Zimmerman, Mount Joy, Lancaster Co.
Third place (1,360 inches): John Harnish, Washington Borough, Washington Co.
 
4,000 lb. Division
First place (1,360 inches): Ken Leeds, Lititz, Lancaster Co.
Second place (1,348 inches): Dale Zimmerman, Mount Joy, Lancaster Co.
Third place (1,266 inches): Heather Blevins, Nottingham, Chester Co.
 
5,000 lb. Division
First place (1,324 inches): Ken Leeds, Lititz, Lancaster Co.
Second place (1,285 inches): Jim Harnish, Washington Borough, Washington Co
Third place (1,260 inches): Jeff Turner, Earlville, Md.
 
7,000 lb. Division
First place (1,638 inches): David Landvate, Halifax, Dauphin Co.
Second place (1,538 inches): Robert Rowe, Nottingham, Chester Co.
Third place (1,488 inches): Art Forest, Silge, Allegheny Co.
 
9,000 lb. Division
First place (1,694 inches): Les Landis, Lititz, Lancaster Co.
Second place (1,624 inches): Brad Fellenbaum, Millersville, Lancaster Co.
Third place (1,599 inches): Larry Littman, Washington, Washington Co.
 
Garden Tractor Pull
 
Factory Stock 16 Division
First place (129 ft. 6 in.): Kevin Holley, Boiling Springs, Cumberland Co.
Second place (129 ft.): Dennis Hackman, Stevens, Lancaster Co.
Third place (124 ft. 11 in): Paul Maulfair, Middletown, Dauphin Co.
 
Stock 16 Division
First place (134 ft. 8 in.): Chris Lynn, Douglasville, Berks Co.
Second place (134 ft. 4 in.): Paul Maulfair, Middletown, Dauphin Co.
Third place (132 ft.): Mike Hunter, Catawissa, Columbia Co.
 
Stock 25 Division
First place (144 ft. 2 in.): Paul Maulfair, Middletown, Dauphin Co.
Second place (133 ft. 7 in.): Nate Dunfee, Oxford, Chester Co.
Third place (125 ft. 9 in.): Bob Marcine, Hills Borough, N.J.
 
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For photos of this competition, click here.