ROCKSPRINGS — “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal.”
It was printed on the back of shirts and could be heard around the Meigs County Fairgrounds on Friday morning as the week’s top competitors in the Kiddie Tractor Pull took part in the Pull of Champions.
Earning trophies as tall as themselves, cash prizes and gift cards, the eight competitors battled it out as many youth have in the county for more than 35 years.
In the “light” weight class (35-55 pounds), Grayson Duvall took first place, Colton Grubb was second, Nick Bauerbach was third, and Weston Smith was fourth.
In the “heavy” weight class (56-75 pounds), Wyatt Smith topped Brooke Macinko by one inch on his final pull to take first place. Marcinko placed second, with John Turley third and Garrett Parry fourth.
The participants were the first place winners during the four days of competition at the fair.
Brent Rose, who is organizes and oversees the event, began the Pull of Champions by remembering the late Dan Smith who started the event when Rose himself was a competitor.
Plans are being discussed on a possible “alumni pull” in memory of Smith, said Rose.
Sponsors for the 2018 Meigs County Fair Kiddie Tractor Pull included Home National Bank, Hupp Landscaping, Montgomery Trailer Sales, Huck & Sherry Wagner, Fitch Farms, Grumpy’s Toy Pulling Team, Meigs County Fish and Game, Commissioner Randy Smith and The Cutting Crew in Syracuse.
The next chance for area youth to take part in the Kiddie Tractor Pull is on Sept. 8 at Racine’s Party in the Park.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.