Harrisburg – Farm Show visitors and antique tractor fanatics converged on “Tractor Day,” at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show to witness 110 tractors and trucks of all brands and models on Wednesday Jan. 13, in Harrisburg.
John Deeres, Allis Chalmers, Farmalls and more lined up on display along with unique old-fashioned belt powered machines.
The Waterloo Boys Two Cylinder Club of Southeastern Pennsylvania sponsored a Big Wheel Race and Peddle Pull for youth tractor fans to start off the day. Just for fun, children could race in groups of five on tricycles with the different tractor brands painted on them. For the Peddle Pulls, children could compete in six different weight classes.
All youth received a small toy and a tractor coloring book for participating, and first and second place pullers had their choice of a model truck or tractor.
First place honors went to Luke Hoy of Dauphin County (35-45 lb. class), Dylan Leed of Lancaster County (46-55 lb. class), Boo Radel of Perry County (56-65 lb. class), Johnathan Cresson of Delaware County (66-75 lb. class), Jeremiah Martin of Berks County (76-85 lb. class), and Seth Radel of Perry County (86-100 lb. class).
In the evening, 115 pullers brought forth their best tractor to compete against one another in the Antique Tractor Pull. The competition has grown significantly since last year, more than doubling the number of participants.
The event was run with support from the Lancaster County Pullers and Southern End Pullers, who provided the two sleds.
Chris Hershey from Bridgeport, Lancaster County, brought his Allis Chalmers out to the event here at the Farm Show for the first time because he “thinks it’s great. You don’t have to worry about the weather. It’s a little cold in here but being indoors is great.”
Antique Tractors competed by weight divisions. Weights were determined by the amount the tractors could pull and what the tractor itself weighed.
First place pullers received a trophy and bragging rights.
Results of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Antique Tractor Pull:
Antique Tractor Pull
3,000 lb. Division
First place - Richard Zimmerman, Lancaster Co. (100.06 feet)
Second place - Cliff Stugant, Lycoming Co. (98.08 feet)
Third place - Leonard Lausch, Lancaster Co. (94 feet)
4,000 lb. Division
First place - Bill Whipperman, Freeland, Md. (171.09/110.05 feet)
Second place - Ken Leeds, Lancaster Co. (171.09/108.09 feet)
Third place - Bill Hughes, Lycoming Co. (169.08 feet)
5,000 lb. Division
First place - Brian Feeser, Center Co. (156.05 feet)
Second place - Dale Waltermyer, Euclid, Ohio (151.03 feet)
Third place - Steve Crane, Northampton Co. (143.01 feet)
7,000 lb. Division
First place - David Landvater, Dauphin Co. (181 feet)
Second place - Greg Remley, Columbia Co. (180.69 feet)
Third place - Jay Moore, Franklin Co. (176.63 feet)
9,000 lb. Division
First place - Cliff Halloway, Lancaster Co. (176.42 feet)
Second place - Lester Landis, Lancaster Co. (173.75 feet)
Third place - Billy Gregg, Frederick, Md. (169.97 feet)
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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