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Zach Cartwright hangs on as the front wheels on his John Deere tractor start to lift off the dirt track. - photo by Nikki Childers
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Monica Brewington’s Farmall tractor begins to struggle against the weight of the sled as it approaches the end of the track. - photo by Nikki Childers

After having to reschedule due to poor weather conditions, the Antique Tractor Pull was full steam ahead last weekend in Viola.

The Warren County Antique Tractor Association held the event last Saturday at 11 a.m. 

All enthusiasts of the vintage tractors were invited to attend, and the public responded.

Participants were separated into groups and then tasked with dragging a sled down a track with graduating resistance, becoming more difficult to navigate and pull the sled as the machine nears the end of the prepared dirt track. Some of the tractors proving their mettle were from as far back as 1939.

“This is the first tractor pull we have had in a while,” said Tyler Grove, president of Warren County Antique Tractor Association. “We wanted to give this a try to see if people were interested in a tractor pull in this area and make it a regular activity here.”

The association holds numerous meets year-round, but COVID-related concerns have kept their usual planning minimized. 

The next scheduled tractor pull hosted by them is set for next Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. during Warren County’s A&L Fair.