Learning to pull together

Antique tractor pulls this weekend

By Morgan McKinniss - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT— This Saturday, the West Virginia State Farm Museum is hosting an antique tractor pull.

Starting at 5 p.m. at the farm museum grounds, tractors of a certain vintage will be lining up to pull the sled down the track.

Anyone can show up and compete with their antique tractor and compete. Tractors must be a model year 1959 or older, and fit a maximum width 15.5 inch tires, while tractors over 6,500 pounds can run a 18.4 inch wide tire. The top three places will receive an award, and will pay $15 per hook up.

During the tractor pull, concessions will be provided by Point Pleasant High School FFA Alumni, but the farm museum will be closed at its regular time of 5 p.m. There will be no other attractions going on during the evening. Spectators can get in for free, and a local business has donated door prizes to be given out.

John Ohlinger is the coordinator for the event as well as a competitor.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Ohlinger said. “We compete against each other, and we help each other out in the pits when a tractor breaks.”

The farm museum officially opened for the year at the first of April, with events planned for summer, fall and the big finale being its annual Christmas light display.

This year, visitors can take in the following events: July 1 – Antique Tractor Pull. July 29 – Tractor Parade and Show, Saturday 9 a.m. Sept. 2 – Antique Tractor Pull. Sept. 16 – Mothman activities, Mothman Festival Hayrides at 7 p.m., Country Kitchen and store open. Oct. 7 and 8 – Country Fall Festival including Antique Gas Engine Show, entertainment daily, Antique Tractor Pull Saturday at 1 p.m., CEOS Quilt Show, Antique Bottle Show, sorghum, apple butter and apple cider being made, on Sunday, church services at 9 a.m. and gospel sing a 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 – Antique Tractor Pull at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 – museum closes. Dec. 8 – 17 from 6 – 9 p.m., Christmas Light Display and Drive Thru, Santa Claus 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., nightly, free hot cocoa and cookies in kitchen, Country Store open.

The farm museum is located at 1458 Fairground Road, directly across from the Mason County Fairgrounds north of Point Pleasant. Seasonal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sundays, free admission. The museum offers special event packages for parties and weddings also take place on the grounds. Reservations for these special events are recommended. The museum is also a gathering place for family reunions and can provide catering for some events.

Beth Sergent contributed to this article.

Antique tractor pulls this weekend

By Morgan McKinniss

[email protected]

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.