HARRELLS — Fire Chief George McGill is looking forward to watching some tractor pulling action in a few days.
The Harrells Volunteer Fire Department 300’ National Truck & Tractor Pull is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 606 Tomahawk Hwy., Harrells.
“I enjoy watching the spectators and seeing them enjoy the event,” McGill said.
Funds from the event will help Harrells Fire Department purchase new items. The motorsport activity has been a tradition in Harrells for 17 years.
“We use the proceeds to buy new equipment and stuff like that,” McGill said. “We appreciate their support and in return, we try to put on a good show for them.”
The upcoming event is the biggest fundraiser for the department located in the southern end of the county. Next to the two-day event, Harrells Community Day also serves as a fundraiser for the department.
“We have to replace equipment,” McGill said. “The other stuff wears out and you have to upgrade it.”
On average, the fire department usually receives about $20,000 from the truck and tractor pull.
“Some years it could be more and some years, it could be less,” he said.
The event will feature 4000 horsepower multi-engine tractors reaching tire speeds over 175 miles per hour. Usually McGill said about 40 or 50 pullers participate in seven different weight classes. Trophies and prize money will be awarded drivers as well. If all the classes are filled, up to seven places.
In addition to watching the action, McGill said the event will also include food vendors for spectators.
“We’ll have a lot of good food,” McGill said. “There will be homemade ice cream. You can’t stop with one bowl. You got to have at least two or more.”
Some of the other listed vendors are set to sell barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and funnel cakes. A new addition for 2015 is seafood.
“We’re always looking to improve and make it more attractive for the folks who want to come,” McGill said.
The event is sanctioned by the United Pullers of the Carolinas (UPOC) and the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA). UPOC currently sanctions shows throughout North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
Along with other residents and community members, Mayor James Moore looks forward to the 17th annual event too.
“They put a lot into and it’s a good event,” Moore said about the work of the fire fighters and motor officials.
Moore mentioned how the Harrells’ pull is one of the best pulls in the area. In return, it benefits the town by providing assistance to officials for emergency situations.
“They’re involved in any kind of accident and are the first responders,” Moore said. “The better equipment they got, the better (they’re prepared). It helps everyone all-around.”
Admission is $18 for adults and children 6 through 12 are $5. Children 5 and under are free. Alcohol and coolers are not allowed.
For more information, call 910-532-4276 or visit www.tpull.com