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Antique Tractor Pull is a Family Affair at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show
1/12/2012

Harrisburg - Tractors from around the state competed in the antique tractor pull, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Tractors pulled a sled with weights 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.

Kari and Lori Landis, and their father Lester Landis, all of Lititz, Lancaster County, have been participating in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Antique Tractor Pull since it began in 2008.  As a family, the trio has been competing in local tractor pulls for eight years.  Lester has been a puller for 40 years.

This year marked the second time Alice Hess, Lancaster County, pulled her Farmall at Farm Show. 

"As much fun as it is to tractor pull, I only do it to beat my son," said Hess. The fact that her son prefers and pulls his own John Deere tractor adds to the family rivalry.

Antique tractor pulling is also a family affair for Josh Eckman, 19, of Peach Bottom, Lancaster County.  He has participated at the Farm Show Antique Tractor Pull since he was 16.  The whole Eckman family, including his father, uncles, cousins and grandfather, enjoy helping and cheering each other on and only pull Farmalls. 

Many of the antique pullers would agree with Robert Detwiler, Bedford County, who said, "Pulling is addictive."

Detwiler competed in the 3,000 and 6,000-pound divisions with his Silver King and Minneapolis-Moline, respectively.

The results of the tractor pull are:

3,000 lb.
1.) Bubbie Eckman, Peach Bottom, Lancaster Co. (139.4 feet)
2.) Dick Witmer, Manheim, Lancaster Co. (119.9 feet)
3.) Grover Binkley, Ligonier, Westmoreland Co. (119.8 feet)

4,000 lb.
1.) Ken Leed, Manheim, Lancaster Co. (117.8 feet)
2.) Harnish Bros., Washington Boro, Lancaster Co. (112.3 feet)
3.) Silver Maple Rd. Farm, Lititz, Lancaster Co. (112.2 feet)

5,000 lb.
1.) Ryan Giensler, Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co. (159.8 feet)
2.) Silver Maple Farms, Lititz, Lancaster Co. (150.3 feet)
3.) Rich Gensler, Dillsburg, York Co. (146.9 feet)

6,000 lb.
1.) Art Forrest, Sligo, Clarion Co. (157.5 feet)
2.) Scott Belt, Glenville, York Co. (141.4 feet)
3.) Roy Ealy, West Finley, Washington Co. (136.9 feet)

7,000 lb.
1.) Don Remley (town and county not listed) (146.4 feet)
2.) Art Forrest, Sligo, Clarion Co. (144.7 feet)
3.) Larry Litman, Washington, Washington Co. (140. 5 feet)

9,000 lb.
1.) Don Remley, (town and county, not available)  (135.3 feet)
2.) Silver Maple Farms, Lititz, Lancaster Co. (134.9 feet)
3.) Larry Litman, Washington, Washington Co. (127.3 feet)

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 and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

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