| May/June 1984

  • Sled showing weight box
    Close up of sled showing weight box halfway up the rails.
  • Pedal tractor pull
    First place winner Melissa Hamilton.

  • Sled showing weight box
  • Pedal tractor pull

On October 8, 1983 at the fall 'Enshine'O-Rama' and 'Whistle Blow' sponsored by the Rough & Tumble Engineers, a children's pedal tractor pull was held in Kinzers, Pa.

The pull was managed by Dave Nolt, a third generation R & T member from nearby Paradise, Pa. Dave is well known as one of the East's most active farm toy collectors and has authored several books on farm toy collecting and sponsors an annual farm toy show each fall.

What is pedal tractor pulling? A brief description of this new activity is in order. Have you ever been to a real tractor pull? Well, if you have (and who hasn't), then you should easily understand how pedal tractor pulling works. A standard or modified pedal tractor is hooked to a specially built sled complete with a forward moving weight box just like the big ones. Weights are added for higher classes.

Children pull according to their age. Usually there are classes for children from ages 3 & 4 up to age 9. Boys and girls pull in the same class no sex discrimination here! A full pull is either 40 or 50 feet.

There are only a few basic rules, such as: No standing up, first puller in a class can re pull, when tractor stops the pull ends, etc.

Children, parents and other spectators have a ball! That's one of the things that makes pedal pulling fun. Further more it involves those often forgotten children. After all, kids don't always get enthused about the Fricks and Oil Pulls that we grew up with.