By Elizabeth Riggs
Start your engines! ‘Tis the season for tractor pulls!
Brace yourselves — it’s about to get loud all throughout Western New York as the areas mightiest machines all vie for pride and prizes during the various truck and tractor pulls to enjoy in the area this season.
Tractor and truck pulling, also known as power pulling, is considered the world’s most powerful motorsport.
The idea of pulling as a sport began prior to the invention of the tractor, when farmers would make friendly competitions on the strength of their horse teams, competing to determine whose was most powerful by pulling large loads for certain distances.
Tractors and motorvehicles entered the picture in the 1920s, and tractor pulling gained popularity in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.
Today the sport of tractor pulling requires modified tractors to pull a heavy sled along a 35 foot wide, 330 foot long track. The winner is the tractor that pulls the sled the farthest.
For East Concord, the local Truck & Tractor is one of the area’s only claims to fame, as they host an annual tractor pull this Saturday, July 22 at 4 p.m. The pull will feature WNY Pro Pulling Series classes: Light Pro Farm, Light Pro Stock, Light Limited Super Stock, Limited Super Farm, Limited Pro Street Diesel Trucks, Hot Farm 466, 2.5 Pro Street Diesel Trucks and Street Legal Semi.
On Sunday, Aug. 6, Langford will be hosting a Western New York Championship Truck & Tractor Pull as part of its Down Home Country Weekend, which is the Langford New Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fundraiser, featuring live music and entertainment on Saturday, including country music artist Phil Vassar and local award-winning band “West of the Mark.”
The pulls will take place on Sunday, and are sanctioned with the National Tractor Pullers Association. They will feature 10 action-packed classes, and also be joined by the Empire State Pullers and WNY Pro Pulling Series.
Shows are as follows: 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., modified mini, light super stock and 4WD truck classes; 3 p.m., super farm, modified, heavy super stock classes; and 9 p.m. limited light super stock national tour.
Admission to the Langford Truck and Tractor pull is $20 at the gate, which opens at 11 a.m. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit the event’s website: www.downhomecountryweekend.com.
A county fair wouldn’t live up to the name without main event truck and tractor pulls. This year’s Cattaraugus County Fair will feature two nights of pulls.
On Tuesday, Aug. 1, the WNY Pro Stock Tractor pull will be held at 7:30 p.m., which is free to guests with fair admission. On Saturday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m., the fair will present a Monster Mash Truck Rally featuring BIGFOOT Overkill Evolution, Higher Education, Avenger, Brutus and Tough Trucks. At 6:30 p.m., the fair will be hosting its Big Rig Truck Pull: Super Stock Tractors National Touring Series, featuring 20,000-pound semis and 4×4 and street legal semis. Both events have a $7 gate admission charge.
Machinists and gearheads alike may also be interested to know that the fair will feature demolition derbys both Sunday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. See the fair website for more information at: www.cattaraugustcofair.com.
The Erie County Fair will take its turn hosting two days of pulls on both Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. and Friday, Aug.18 at 6 p.m. during its Lucas Oil Pad Pulling League Truck and Tractor Pull.
The Erie County Fair will feature six classes each night, including: Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Super Farm Tractors, 2.6 Diesel Trucks, and on Thursday only, Light Weight Super Stock Tractors.
Grandstand admission is $12, infield is $16 and pit passes are $20. Children under 12 are free in the grandstand. For more information visit the Erie County Fair website: www.ecfair.org.
On Sept. 3, Strawberry Fields in Chaffee will host a Truck and Tractor Pull, hosted by the WNY Pro Pulling Series. At 12 p.m. pulls will include stock, enhanced, SGT and SDT classes; and at 6 p.m. will feature WNYPPS classes: Light Pro Farm, Light Pro Stock, Light Limited Super Stock, Limited Super Farm, Limited Pro Street Diesel Trucks, Hot Farm 466, 2.5 Pro Street Diesel Trucks and Street Legal Semi.
The event will feature BBQ and hot sandwiches from Krolick’s. Admission is $10 at the gate; children 10 and under are free.
For tractor pull enthusiasts, there are several websites to visit for more information on classes, and listings of regional events. Try Empire State Pullers at www.empirestatepullers.com, New York Tractor Pullers Association at www.nytpa.com, or WNY Pro Pulling Series at www.wnypropullingseries.com.