Paynesville is hosting 4th annual tractor pull this Friday

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 07/08/97.

The NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull will be held on Friday, July 11, at 7 p.m. in the Paynesville Industrial Park.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for pullers and spectators wishing to get a close-up view of the entrants.

Competitors will compete in the 6,200-pound modified 4 by 4 pickups, 9,000 pound super farm tractors, 7200 modified tractors and 6,200 pound two-wheel drive trucks.

Mike Christen, local puller who is overseeing, said the track will be ready in time for the pull. Christen has been pulling in competition 23 years. He recently took fourth place at a pull in Lester Prairie. ďThe season is just getting started for a lot of pullers,Ē Christen added.

New this year to the pull is the four-wheel drive modified pickup class. ďThese trucks are as big as they can get. Pullers will be coming from a five-state area,Ē he said. They have a 572-cubic inch limit. ďWe are expecting 10 to 12 modified trucks. This class replaces the superstock pickups,Ē he added.

The pull site is located on the north edge of the Industrial Park. Bleachers are brought in from the high school to provide seating for those who prefer not to sit on the ground. Natural hillside seating is also available. Spectators are urged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. Parking is free to spectators.

Christen said he is expecting between 30 and 40 pullers at the Tri-County Dairyland Truck and Tractor Pull.

Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children, and at the gate, $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available at the Paynesville Chamber of Commerce, Community First National Bank, Paynesville Engine Clinic, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Denneís Dog Haus, Paynesville Office of the Melrose Credit Union and Mikeís NAPA Auto.

The event is sponsored by the Paynesville Chamber of Commerce and Koronis Hills Snowmobile Club. Free parking and concession stands will be available on the grounds.

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