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Youngsters Hustle and Bustle Down the Track at the 2012 Children's Pedal Tractor Pull

Harrisburg - The Waterloo Boys Two-Cylinder Club made it a whole group effort to organize and manage a children's pedal tractor pull on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Over 100 children, ranging in age, filed into the Equine Arena to compete in the Children's Pedal Tractor Pull. Steve Koser, member of Waterloo Boys and event coordinator, was pleased with the participation and added that the pull was "probably the largest competition so far". 

The Waterloo Boys provided each and every participant with toy combines. The overall winners for each of the six classes acquired an additional toy tractor.

Prior to the start of the competition, the children weighed in and were divided into their appropriate weight class. The weight classes range from 35 to 100 pounds.

The pedal pull operates using the same concepts as a full-size tractor pull, using a John Deere pedal tractor and its enemy, a weight- transfer sled.

With a weight-transfer sled, weights are placed on a gondola at the rear of the sled, over an axle. A pan that scrapes the ground is at the front of the sled.  As the tractor moves 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.  Pullers that reach the end of the track achieve a "full pull".  If more than one tractor accomplishes a "full pull", more weights are added to the sled and operators compete in another round.

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

35-45 pounds:
1.) Mia Cevallos, Lebanon Co.
2.) Alex Rupert, York Co.
3.) Evan Miller, Bucks Co.

46-55 pounds:
1.) Grace Mansberger, York Co.
2.) Nathan Batten, Lehigh Co.
3.) Brady, Lancaster Co.  

56-65 pounds:
1.) Jonathan Batten, Lehigh Co.
2.) Mason Drake, Frederick, Md.
3.) Adam Booze, Franklin Co.

66-75 pounds:
1.) Sarah Radel, Perry Co.
2.) Carter Skosko, Chester Co.
3.) Rebecca Oxenrider, Berks Co.

76-85 pounds:
1.) Bo Radel, Perry Co.
2.) Owen Mutchler, Lehigh Co.
3.) Silas Olshefslei, Montour Co.

86-100 pounds:
1.) Derek Yingling, Clearfield Co.
2.) Dane Brownawell, Perry Co.
3.) Karen Ganty, Lancaster Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit for details.


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