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Tractor pull, antique equipment at fairgrounds this weekend

By JORGE SANCHEZ
Published January 26, 2007


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The livestock arena at the fairgrounds plays host to powerful tractors this weekend, straining to pull a stubborn sled across the dirt before the weight overcomes them and they bog down.

The tractor pull also includes an antique tractor show, garden tractors and a youth tractor race.

There will be food vendors and free parking.

A tractor pull pits a powerful tractor against a mechanical weight, called a sled, which is attached to the back of the tractor. As the pull begins, a slab of metal on the sled slides toward the tractor, making it more difficult for it to gain traction.

If the tractor driver is successful, he or she will pull the sled across the finish line for a full pull. If not, the sled is the victor and the tractor's rear wheels bog down. A pull is an exciting, power-filled and short event.

There will be three sleds used, to keep the action moving, so the same sled doesn't have to be used back to back.

A new feature this year is the youth and adult tractor driving contest, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

If you go

Tractor pull

The annual tractor pull at the Citrus County Fairgrounds, U.S. 41 S in Inverness, next to the airport. Gates open at 4 p.m. and pulls start at 6 today; on Saturday gates open at 8:30 a.m. and pulls begin at 1 p.m.; and on Sunday gates open at 11 a.m. and pulls begin at 1 p.m. Advance one-day tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 11; $15 and $7 for two-day tickets and $23 and $10 for three-day tickets.

[Last modified January 25, 2007, 23:11:34]


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