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Tired Iron Tractor Pull a fan favorite

Event scheduled Oct. 9

POSTED September 29, 2011 4:08 p.m.
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Courtesy Photo “Duel in the Dirt,” will ...

LARNED — A Tractor Pull is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct 9 during the Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show.  The Tractor Pull is sponsored by First State Bank and Trust Co. of Larned.
It does not include any brake-mashing turns some are seeking when watching a “Duel in the Dirt.”
Instead it is the power to pull the weight of a sled with a system of gears to move the weight over the axles for progressively greater resistance to equal as much as 65,000 pounds. Spectators are no longer needed to jump on the sled as it passes to add weight but it is always an adventure as the Tractor Pull produces a great deal of noise and smoke and throws dirt everywhere.
The Tractor Pull entrants bring their own tractors and pay an entry fee. Viewing stands will be set up at the Santa Fe Trail Center for the Tractor Pull.  This is a 1/8th mile dirt track with a challenge and a cash payout.
Youngsters can be a part of history as they will be able to participate in a Pedal Pull Competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.
Preparation for the Tired Iron Show Power Pulling begins with the ground being prepared by the Rainbolts under the supervision of Doug Springer. The sled is loaned by Gerald Oetken with announcing by Carl Immenschuch. 
“For many years, the event has been run by Jack Link who will be greatly missed after his sudden passing this summer,” said Ruth Peters, Sante Fe Trail Center director. “Thanks go to his wife, Joyce, who always worked by his side.” 
For information call Ruth Peters at 620-285-2054.


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