Each tractor strained and pulled, making a mighty effort to move what it was towing the greatest distance.
Some with drivers as young as 4 years old.
Children had a grand time, and some came away with trophies on Sunday at the Wyoming County Community Fair, during the Kiddie Pedal Pull event.
Contestants in categories ages 4 to 10 participated in the event, which involved children pedaling a tractor which pulled a metal sled. On the sled was a weight attached to a chain, which slowly pulled the weight to the top as the contestant pedaled the tractor. As the weight went up, it became harder to pedal the tractor, to the point where the child could go no further. Each distance was recorded, and those who went the furthest and second furthest distance received first and second place trophies.
Event organizer Lisa Smith said that her late father, Ken Teel, suggested a Kiddie Pedal Pull when he helped organize the Dairy Bar at the fair.
For a number of years, the Kiddie Pedal Pull was organized by Bob Powers. But about nine years ago, Teel suggested to his grandson Darrin Smith - Lisa Smith’s son - that he build a metal sled and help run the tractor pull at the fair.
Darrin Smith said he had been competing himself in tractor pulls since he was 4 years old.
“He has a whole bunch of trophies,” Lisa Smith said.
Darrin Smith created the sled in metal shop while attending Elk Lake High School.
“It’s got a gear axel and a weight box and a drive chain,” Smith said about the sled. “It gets tougher as you move because it puts more weight on the sled plate.”
To make things more competitive, Smith will add weights to the sled, depending on the age group. In the 4 year old category, no weight is used.
“The sled itself weighs 50 to 60 pounds,” Smith explained.
Smith said he starts adding weights in the 7 year old category, using between 10 to 20 pounds. For 10 year olds, he will usually add about 150 pounds.
And on Saturday, because two 10 year old boys ended up a dead heat, Smith added 250 pounds of weights, which helped break the tie on the next round.
The winners of the Kiddie Peddle Pull are as follows:
4-year-old girls - Presley Sprout, first place, Lacey Warner, second place; 4-year-old boys - Levi Belcher, first place, Melvin Starzek, second place; 5-year-old girls - Winter Myers, first place; 5-year-old boys - Bentley Harvey, first place, Billy Snyder, second place; 6-year-old girls - Mattie DePue, first place, Isabella Thompson, second place; 6-year-old boys, Aydan Zaleski, first place, Damian Lazaro, second place; 7-year-old girls - McKenna Ruland, fist place, Kira Millard, second place; 7-year-old boys - Billy Staulfer, first place, Jace Miller, second place; 8-year-old girls - Paige Lazaro, first place, Gabby Gromley, second place; 8-year-old boys - Benjamin Spudis, first place, Joshua Starzec, second place; 9-year-old girls - Kenda Millard, first place, Olivia Champluvier, second place; 9-year-old boys - Aaron Lineberry, first place, Keegan Kanagy, second place; 10-year-old girls, McKenzie Bennett, first place, Jessica Madson, second place; 10-year-old boys - Austin Zaleski, first place; Brock Champluvier, second place.