The Harrells community is gearing up for its annual National Truck and Tractor Pull, being held next weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 20 and June 21.The event kicks off each night at 7:30 p.m., and as always, the annual event will be sponsored by the Harrells Volunteer Fire Department.
“This is the 16th year that we’ve done it,” said George McGill in a telephone interview. “It’s always been a good fundraiser for us.”
The profits from the tractor pull will go towards new equipment for the small town’s fire department.
“My family absolutely loves it, and has been going for many years,” said Harrells town clerk Cindy Ezzell in a telephone interview Thursday. “My husband will not miss it.”
Located at 606 Tomahawk Hwy. in the southern end of the county, the event will feature 4000 horse power multi-engine tractors that will have tire speeds over 175 miles per hour.
“Come on down for some good family fun,” said Susan Corliss-Bland in a telephone interview Thursday, noting that the event will not only have maginficent tractors and their drivers showing off their skills, but also good food.
“We are looking forward to another good year,” McGill said.
Vendors will also be on site during the event, and a new young entrepreneur will be using this event to launch her new business. Rachel Bland, an FFA student,who has planted her own vineyard, will be using muscadine grape cider to make slushies for purchase during the event.
“We will have vendors with homemade ice cream, lemonade, funnel cakes and BBQ,” said McGill. The pull will have a great selection of food, as it has in years past, and there will be plenty of things to try.
“We will also have hot dogs and cotton candy,” he added. “We also have our new vendor, and it’s something new we’ve never done before.”
T-shirts will be on sale for the event and priced at $12, and there will also be a couple more vendors. Someone will be there selling leather items as well.
“On Saturday starting at 6 p.m. there will be the Pedal Against Drugs for Kids,” McGill explained. “There will be three different classes.” The classes are broken down by weight. There will be 40-50 pounds, 51-60 pounds, and 61-70 pounds.
“The first place in each class gets a trophy,” McGill added. He also advised that those interested in participating should be there around 5 p.m. on Saturday to get signed up.
“We just want to invite everybody to come,” said McGill. The family oriented event is expected to have a big draw.
Admission will be $18 per person and children 6-12 years old will be $5. Children 5 and under will be free.
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