Some reasons you should be at the Emmet County Tractor Pull Friday night:
Food: George Whitehouse and crew will be serving food and drinks. Nothing adds ambiance like a good food stand and Georgia's is the best.
Double sleds and twin clay tracks: Once again Charlie Cheever has two sleds line up. This makes for a non stop rock-em sock-em action.
Stock class: At the spring pull, the dominance of the locals-Hansen, Lausen and company-was challenged by a couple fellows from North Mankato who shoed up with a 400 Case, H Farmall and 460 International. Like foxes that have found a fresh chicken coop, we expect them back. This time the guns will be loaded.
Hot Rods: Dave Mart showed up at the spring pull with a freshly built 44 Massey. Dave's new hot rod features a race built 350 turbo hydro transmission with a manual shift body for shifting on the fly. Slick deal! The Gosch's knocked second gear out of their Massey during the spring pull but word is they have found parts and are anxious to put Mart in his place. Dave Heitland's M, the Harvey boys, good action is promised.
From the crowd's perspective a nice thing about the hot rods is they jump weight classes with the stock tractors.
A patter sets. Watch a bunch of stockers then four or five hot rods blast down the track, some more stocks, then again the hot rods.
In years past when the stocks and hot rods were done, the pull was effectively over-the show ending with the obligatory Detroit powered 99 Oliver screaming down the track.
With the addition of the Farm Stock and Hot Farm classes, that all has changed-cat-powered Olivers, Big Internationals and John Deeres. Pumps turned up, big turbos, bigger injectors. The sun goes down, the air cools off, the lights come on-everything changes. Mike McCarty, Doug Evans, John Ruch, Steve and Aaron Hansen, one of the Heibner boys from the Lakes-incredible power and speed as flames shoot a foot out of the stack. It's my new favorite class to watch. What a show they put on.
And finally, Lynn Elrod, the faster pastor:
It's been reported local Methodist Pastor Lynn Elrod was recently clocked and ticketed for going 88 mph. In an effort to channel his competitive fires in a safer environment, I told him I would try to find a tractor he could make a pull or two with. Got a stocker available, let me know and we will get Lynn fixed up. I should also not Lynn is looking for odd jobs-picking rocks, walking beans, stand-up comedy-to help pay his ticket.
Pull kicks off at 6:30 Friday. Twin tracks, twin sleds, good food, lots of action and free. Your friends will be there and you should be too. Working late? You could show up and 8:30 and still see some great pulling in Hot Farm.