HOISINGTON — Which is the better, faster, stronger tractor? Allis Chalmers, John Deere? Massey Ferguson?
You’ll find out which runs faster than a deer next Sunday at the first ever Antique Tractor Pull at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 in Hoisington. Registration for tractors is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Hoisington Labor Day Clown Committee.
“It’s just for the fun of it to see who has the strongest tractor,” said Darlene Stoss, Labor Day Clown Committee.
Nearly every farmer has a favorite, and any tractor older than 1959 is welcome at the first ever event. Stock tractors only.
“Anybody can bring any size tractor as long as it’s older than a 1959 model,” said Stoss. “There will be antique tractor pullers from Hutch who will bring a big sled.”
Although the tractor pull is new to Hoisington, the Kansas Tractor Club holds events throughout the state. The Clown Committee rented the mechanical sled, which mechanically increases the weight as the tractor is pulled.
The weight pulled depends upon the size of the tractor, and each competitor will be placed in a weight category. The competition will be to see who can pull the weight the furthest.
“We’ll find the best tractor,” said Darlene Stoss, Clown Committee. “Spectators will cheer for their favorite tractor.”
There will be winners in each weight category. The winners will receive a plaque.
The Labor Day Clown Committee will use the funds to buy toys and candy for the Labor Day parade. They will also attend the event on Sunday, and hand out candy and toys for the kids present.
Cost to view is $5 per person. The maximum is $20 per family and kids 10 and under are free. To enter a tractor, the cost is $15 per pull. Concessions will be available.
The location will be south of the railroad tracks at 400 S. Main. Signs will be posted.
“We wanted to draw attention to Hoisington and the Labor Day parade because of the big toy give away,” said Stoss.
The Labor Day Clown Committee has become a family tradition for Stoss and all of her family participates, including her four children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchild. She was named Citizen of the Year for Hoisington for 2014 for her volunteer efforts.
She estimated they spend about $2,000 on toys each year and hold various fund raising events throughout the year. Later this year, a mud volleyball tournament fundraiser will be held.
Stoss is a bargain shopper, and collects toys all year long to give away. The Hoisington Labor Day parade is considered one of the largest parades in this part of the state.
For more information, call John Stoss, 620-639-4272.