EVART — Revving up for its fifth consecutive year, the Osceola County Fair truck pull will push both every-day and modified trucks to their limits on Thursday, Aug. 2.
The fair’s grandstand events include several different types of pulls, including a garden tractor pull, a tractor pull, an antique tractor pull and a heavyweight horse pull. The action gets underway at 7 p.m.
The truck and tractor pulls are done with the vehicle hooked to a sled or boat that is weighted by a shifting box.
As the drivers get farther down the track, the box slides closer and closer to the rear of the vehicle, causing it to get heavier and heavier.
Once the weight gets to be too much for the truck or tractor to pull, the vehicle will stop, concluding that driver’s pull. The vehicle who can go the farthest with the most amount of weight is the winner.
To be a part of the truck pull on Thursday, there are different classes and rules that need to be followed, said fair superintendent Mark Ryan.
“We want to have something that suits everybody,” said Ryan. “Each class has a weight qualification but are pretty equal in other limitations and restrictions, as we want people to give more than one class a try if their vehicle can handle it.”
Though there are specific classes throughout the event, at the end there will be an open category that the fair brochure describes as “bring what ya brung.” The winner of this event will take home a $300 prize.
“We don’t have the largest cash prizes that I have seen,” Ryan said. “Some places give out a little more, some a little less. However, if you can get your truck entered into a few different classes, there is potential to take home quite a bit of money.”
Beyond cash prizes for the first- through third-place drivers in the different classes, Ryan says organizers like to give other things to the patrons, as well.
“We get a lot of sponsors each year, and they donate things to give out to the crowd each year,” said Ryan. “We give out T-shirts and other things, on top of money used in the payouts for each pull, to the people who come to watch. It makes for a good show for the spectators, and it gives our sponsors another way to get advertised at the fair.”
While there is not much money to be made at these pulls, Ryan has been making his pulls a family affair.
“For the last eight or 10 years, my son has been riding with me, and my wife videotapes my pulls,” he said. “I have always been a gearhead. I went to a fair one day and just decided I was going to start doing the pulls. I won my first $50 and I have been building and pulling ever since.”
Ryan is currently building a truck with his son for him to eventually drive on his own.
“Right now, he drives with me at the pulls,” Ryan said, explaining that the Osceola County Fair pull does not allow co-riders for insurance purposes. “He likes riding more than driving, but I think that will change once he has his own truck.”
Registration does not begin until the day of the event. The Osceola County Fairgrounds are located at 101 Recreation Ave. in Evart.