Harrisburg – An excited crowd packed the Equine Arena for the light- and heavyweight horse pulls at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Tim Juart of Smicksburg, Indiana County, drove a team of horses to victory in the lightweight division. The Juart’s horses bested 17 other teams and pulled a weight of 10,800 pounds a total of 15 feet 7 inches. It was the first big pull together for their team of horses, Sam and King. Juart earned $500 for his win.
Ira Kessler, a long time participant in the Farm Show horse pulls, won second prize and $450 with his team of horses that pulled 10,800 pounds a total of 15 feet 5 inches.
For the fifth year in a row, the Brown Brothers of Acme, Westmoreland County, pulled into victory by beating out 15 teams in the heavyweight division. Their team of horses, Rex and Duke, pulled 12,600 pounds for a full pull, or 27 feet 6 inches. They took home a cash prize of $500.
Second place and $450 was won by Victor Bonacassio of Rochester Mills, Indiana County. His team of horses pulled the 12,600 pounds a total of 21 feet.
The combined weight of the horses determines which weight class they will compete – lightweights are less than 3,325 pounds; heavyweights are teams weighing more than 3,325 pounds.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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