The tractor pull event will be held both Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Fairgrounds on Highway 82 East. The event will feature trucks and tractors competing in several different classifications in order to secure points in the Southern Pulling Circuit championship.
Tifton was chosen from among many events in circuit's region to be one of only a few that allow pullers to qualify for the overall championship. The circuit is sponsored by the Southern Pullers Association, which is based out of Jesup.
"It makes the competition a little bit tougher when they're fighting for points," said Tyron Spearman, coordinator of the event. Spearman will also serve as the approved announcer for the pull.
Pullers will try to move a special sled that uses a weight-transfer machine. The machine makes the load heavier the farther the sled is pulled.
"They're judged on how far they pull the sled," said Spearman.
There will be several classifications of trucks and tractors competing each night. The classifications for trucks include small block division, pro stock division, modified division and two super modified divisions - limited and unlimited class. Alcohol and diesel-burning farm tractors will also be featured in weight classes. Trucks from Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, GMC and other manufacturers will be featured in the competition.
"You move up to a bigger truck or tractor with every class," Spearman said.
This year three former national champions will compete in the four-wheel drive modified professionals. The champions are Roy Everett of Doerun in the Doerunner Chevrolet, Tony O'Steen of West Green in the Georgia Rebel Ford, and Larry Harrison of Pembrook in the Pumpkin Dodge.
"It should be a fun evening for any family that likes competition," said Spearman.
The event will follow all the rules and regulations of the Southern Pulling Circuit to ensure the safety of the operators. Track coordinators and on-site staff will be members of the Agricultural Equipment Technology Club at Abraham Baldwin College, and proceeds from the event will help fund club scholarships.
Spearman said that in the future he would like to expand and host a national event.
"It costs a lot of money," he said.
He said that he expects a crowd in the thousands to attend the pulls.
"Hopefully, we'll have a couple thousand each night," he said.
Although the shows will not start until 7 p.m. each night, the gates will open at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children under 5 years old will be admitted free. Puller registration is $20 per unit. Businesses interested in exhibiting at the show or sponsoring a class may call Spearman at (229) 386-0216.
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