Weekend: Pull time in Pulltown

 

GET READY FOR a wild weekend when the National Tractor Pulling Championships return to the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green Aug. 17-19 for the 51st year of pulls. Contestants will pull in one of five sessions for their chance at winning big prizes. The dirt flies (above right) as one competitor makes their way down the track. (Photo by Randy Roberts / The Courier)

The National Tractor Pulling Championships are returning to the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green for the 51st annual event from Thursday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 19.

A premier event of the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association and the National Tractor Pullers Association, the championships feature tractor and truck pulls in several classes.

Gates open at noon Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. The first pulling session begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; the second and third sessions are 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday; and the fourth and fifth runs at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Five classes will compete in the first session: Four-wheel-drive trucks, light unlimiteds (an additional class picked up this year), semis, light super stock, and unlimiteds.

The second session’s five classes are: Light unlimiteds, super stock open, super stock diesel 4×4, two-wheel-drive trucks, and super stock diesel.

Modified, super farm tractor, pro stock, modified minis, and light super stock all face off in session three.

Session four’s classes are: Modified, four-wheel-drive trucks, super farm tractor, super stock open, and semis.

Six classes will show up for session five: Modified minis, two-wheel-drive trucks, super stock diesel 4x4s, pro stocks, unlimited, and super stock diesel.

The championship rounds will be completed before Sunday, when there will be no competition.

The weekend will conclude Sunday with a Catholic Mass at 9 a.m., with a nondenominational service at 10:30 a.m.

Abby Paskvan will perform the American and Canadian national anthems as both countries’ flags are raised before the competitions begin.

The weekend’s music includes Nashville Crush’s country and rock fusion at 10 p.m. Thursday; the ’70s and ’80s rock/pop stylings of the Cherry Bombs at 10 p.m. Friday; and the Eric Sowers Band, a country music act from northwest Ohio, at 10 p.m. Saturday.

The pit area is open all day, every day, where drivers test and tune their vehicles. Attendees can feel free to approach the drivers and ask questions.

Other attractions include expanded campgrounds, remote-controlled tractor replica competitions, a kiddie tractor pull, an expanded museum featuring retired tractors, a Saturday morning tailgate party, a toy and trade show, and more.

There are four weekend camping areas on the north side of the fairgrounds, located on Poe Road and Haskins Road in Bowling Green.

An advance ticket for Thursday’s competition is $20, or $22 at the gate. Advance tickets for both Friday and Saturday sessions are $40, or $44 at the gate. Evening-only tickets for those days are $20 in advance, $22 at the gate. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

The camping package, which includes two adult weekend passes, is $300 in advance and $324 at the gate. No electric campsites are available.

Advance tickets are no longer available online, but they are available at most northwestern Ohio Kroger stores through the first day of the event, including the Tiffin Avenue and Sixth Street locations in Findlay. Reserved-seat tickets will not be available at Kroger, only gate-admission tickets.

Tickets (gate, camping and reserved seats) will also be available at the event. These will be cash-only sales.

For more information, call 1-888-385-7855 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.pulltown.com.



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