Monday, August 18, 2008

A Pullin' Kind of Day

Well, we made it through another tractor pull here in this little town... it was actually a nice day weather wise, especially in comparison to other extremely unbearable HOT years. Saturday was still in the high 80's to low 90's I guess, but rain was also coming, so it wasn't the usual "middle of a Georgia August 100 degrees" hot.

Thank goodness for the small things in life...

The day begins with a Tractor Parade through "downtown"... and below is a picture of my Diddy driving one of his old International tractors, and pulling a manure spreader. He usually drives a John Deere in the parade with a seat for Momma beside him, but it was being cantankerous Saturday and wouldn't start.

You may notice that the family is sitting in the old manure spreader (!), and it works as Diddy made wooden seats years ago for us... the kids and I are in front with our cousin's wife and their son. Then Momma and Aunt Runelle are in the middle, and some of our good friends are in the back. They go to our church, and she sang the National Anthem beautifully at our opening ceremonies.



Here comes my brother BB and his wife Reynie... he is driving a John Deere 4040 that he and my parents went all the way to Kansas to bring back here. I hate I missed that trip!



Before there were tractors, there were mules and horses...



Thanks to my husband we have all these pictures, and here is a good shot of some of the trophies for the top pulls of each category...


Many people like to bring their tractors to show, and don't really want to pull. Here is a picture of a nice Ford tractor on the Show side. Diddy thinks we had about 94 tractors in all for the day!


Cub couldn't wait for the pulling to begin... he was so excited!!


Opening ceremonies include Prayer by a local preacher, Presentation of the Colors (raising the U.S and Ga. State flags) and our National Anthem.



After one of the larger classes of tractors completes their pull, we have the kid's Pedal Races! They LOVE it, and line the sidelines waiting for their turn to race down the track... here are a couple of pedal race pictures to give you an idea. In the first Cub is ready to start down the track... if only he would get his feet on the pedals! (He is third in line from the left, and a friend and myself are behind him, getting the kids in line...)



Elizabeth has done this before, and was excited to be racing down the track!


As I showed yall last week, we also have a tractor dance performed by my Uncle, and a slow race... we had no takers this year for the Powder Puff race, but one lady entered the real pull and was awesome! She did as well as most of the men!

Here is a shot of the "pull back" tractor. It isn't in the competition, but is used to pull the sled back to start after a tractor has pulled it down the track. Both my kids loved riding in there with Mr. Matt... plus, it's air conditioned! Best seat in the house!

The last two pictures are some from the actual pullin' during the day. The first is of our friend Joe on one of his International tractors, and then BB on one of his John Deere...



So, there it is... another pull behind us! Not long after this picture was taken we were ready for some supper, a long shower and bed!

I thought it was a great day, and successful one for lots of tractor pullers. Besides all that, I got to see lots of folks I haven't in awhile, people watch (!), and be with my family.

Next year will make 15 years!

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7 comments:

Reynie said...

It was fun but glad it is over again for another year!

mamajil said...

Looks like it was an awesome weekend!! Loved all the pictures!!

Kelsey said...

What an absolute blast!!

Melissa said...

That looks like heaps of fun. Great photos, love the race with the kids.

Katy said...

My hubby and kids (especially my sons) would have LOVED this!!! Great pics! :)

wfbdoglover said...

Thank you, for sharing! It looks like you had a wonderful time and I could not believe the trophies... 'ya 'all get really serious!

Connie said...

I really love tractors.

In another life, I lived on a ranch....and now I am reformed into a city girl that can't stand the fact that Target is 20 miles away.

Is that dirt red?