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Riding Pedal Tractors a Treat for Energetic Youngsters

Harrisburg  -  As part of Family Day at the 2011 Pennsylvania State Farm Show, the Waterloo Boys Two-Cylinder Club held a children's pedal tractor pull using the same principles as a full-size tractor pull.

Children must weigh in, like tractors. They are broken into six weight classes that fall between 35 and 100 pounds. Children compete against others that fall into their same weight class.

They mount a pedal tractor hitched to a mini-pulling sled that operates on the same principles as its full-sized counterpart. What brand of tractor did they use? Why, John Deere, of course!

With a weight-transfer sled, weights are placed on a gondola at the back of the sled, over an axle. A pan that scrapes the ground is at the front of the sled. As the tractor or truck moves forward down the track, gears in the axle cause the weight to travel forward, forcing the pan further into the ground and increasing resistance until the tractor stops. If the tractor gets to the end of the course, it's considered a "full pull." If more than one person makes a "full pull," more weights are added and those operators compete in another round.

Kids operated the John Deere pedal tractors on a plywood track laid atop the dirt floor of the Equine Arena. Cheered on by family, friends, the Waterloo Boys and other spectators, they laughed, giggled and furiously pedaled the length of the track. All participants received a toy tractor prize.

In addition to holding the pedal tractor pull, the Waterloo Boys Two-Cylinder Club also supports the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Fund.

The following includes the top three results in each weight class for the pedal tractor pull:

35 - 45 pounds:               
1.) Alex Ruppert, York Co.
2.) Sean Sensenig, Lancaster Co.  
3.) Andrew Weiler, Lancaster Co.

46 - 55 pounds:               
1.) Careth Noll, Franklin Co.
2.) Cloey Moore, West Va.
3.) Casey Miller, York Co.

56 - 65 pounds:               
1.) Joel Patches, Lebanon Co.
2.) Kenton Leed, Lancaster Co.
3.) Sarah Radell, Perry Co.

66 - 75 pounds:               
1.) Owen Mutchler, Lehigh Co.
2.) Boo Radel, Perry Co.
3.) Jason Hammer, Perry Co.

76 - 85 pounds:               
1.) Nathaniel Weiler, Lancaster Co.
2.) Grace Hammer, Perry Co.
3.) Joshua Bell, Venango Co.

86 - 100 pounds:             
1.) Jeremy Bell, Venango Co.
2.) Cody Sensenig, Lebanon Co.
3.) Ester Patches, Lebanon Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.

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