Tractor Pull in Paynesville July 5

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 7/3/96.

The Paynesville community is hosting the third annual Tri-County Dairyland Tractor Pull on Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at the Industrial Park. Entry gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The pull is sanctioned by the National Tractor Pull Association and will feature two-wheel drive trucks, 4 by 4 super stock pickups, modified tractors, and mod stock tractors.

Mike Christen, local puller who is overseeing the track, said the track will be ready in time for the pull. Christen has been pulling in competition for 22 years. After FridayÍs pull, he will be heading to New Germany on Saturday and Lester Prairie for a pull on Sunday.

The 45 by 300-foot track was first built in 1985. Each year prior to the meet, a chisel plow is brought in to stir up the dirt eight to 10 inches deep. Once the track is plowed, the rocks are removed.

The site on the north edge of the Industrial Park was selected because of the natural hillside for spectators. Bleachers are also being brought in from the high school to provide additional seating for those who prefer not to sit on the ground. Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit upon. Parking is free to spectators.

Christen said there are 30 to 35 pullers expected to compete in Paynesville on Friday.

Mark Deering, a four-wheel drive pickup puller from Spicer, said he and several others won't be pulling in Paynesville as they are protesting rule changes made by the NTPA.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children in advance and $8 for adults and $5 for children at the gate.

Tickets are being sold at the Paynesville Chamber of Commerce office, Community First National Bank, Paynesville Engine Clinic, Jim's Standard, Jerry's Jack and Jill, Denne's Dog Haus, and the Paynesville Office of the Melrose Credit Union.

The pull is sponsored by the Paynesville Chamber of Commerce. The chamber will have the concessions and beer garden on the grounds. No coolers are allowed to be brought onto the grounds.

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