Tractor pull held at Carbon County Fair on Sat.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A tractor pulls the sled while another tractor follows backing up to take the sled back to the starting line.
A tractor pull, sponsored by the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association for tractors from 1960 or older, was held at the Carbon County Fair on Saturday.
There were a few antiques but they were going to run with the classics, said Burdell Kuehner.
Kuehner and John Cady were the event announcers.
A sled is pulled as far as the tractor can go with an increasing weight as a weight box moves forward. It is judged on the greatest distance covered before the tractor comes to a standstill. Another tractor follows the tractor to pull the sled back to the starting point for the next contestant.
There are also a few classes for modified tractors though most will be stock models, said Cady. Some tractors are fitted with extra weight on the front.
A maximum speed of 3.5 miles per hour is allowed.
The first class was for tractors of 6,500 pounds. When a tractor reaches its farthest point the wheels spin and dig up the track. A scraper smooths it and a roller packs the dirt to give the next tractor the same opportunity.
For information check www.poconooldtyme.com. Club meetings are the fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the West End Fire Hall, Brodheadsville with new members always welcome.