For the ninth year the Schuylkill County Fair will feature truck pulls.
Local pullers will get their chance Monday, July 29. Local diesel and gas truck pullers may compete for the bragging rights of being Schuylkill County Fair truck puller for 2019 in their respective classes. This night is for both diesel- and gas-powered trucks, just like last year on the track.
In addition to local diesel/gas trucks pulling, street semis will take the track as well.
Schuylkill County Fair invites all diesel pickups or gas pickups to test their skills and horsepower on the track. Entrants may come from all over the area.
On Tuesday, July 30, track activities starting at 7 p.m. will be all about Lucas Oil/East Coast National Pull where the dirt-churning, gear-grinding multi-engine modified tractors, hot farm tractors, limited pro stock semis and East Coast diesel-pro diesel, FWD trucks will light up the track.
New to the lineup this evening is the multi-engine modified tractors.
On Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. is the much-enjoyed celebrity tractor pull. Bragging rights are at stake here as local celebrities take their turn pushing the pedal to the metal. Rounding out the evening are more pulls with the tractor pull and farm stock pulls, which is new this year.
Stock farm tractors will pull this evening. Classes for this event are for stock tractors weighing 750 pound through 1,500 pounds.
Registration for all the evening track events begins at 4 p.m.
The track for pulling, which has been used for antique tractor pulls, has been improved by lengthening and resurfacing. If rain occurs, the track will be covered with a tarp.
Truck pulling is a mixture of horsepower, traction and chassis setup on a 4-wheel drive vehicle that is attached by a heavy chain to a weighted sled. The further one’s truck pulls the sled, the more stress and pressure it will experience along the track.
By the end of the track, even the most powerful trucks will be stopped cold by extremely large forces created by the awesome amount of weight bearing down upon the sled. Some trucks will break under the pressure and viewers may witness drive shafts and axles twisting into scrap metal as man and machine go to war, just to see who can get the best hook.
Scaling down the completion on Thursday, Aug. 1, the track event will be a Ag Museum Member Fun Pull. This will be an opportunity for members of the Ag Museum to kick back and have some of their own fun.
Specific rules for the truck pull may be found on the Schuylkill County Fair web site, schuylkillfair.com, under the pull tab.
Events at the track continue Saturday, Aug. 3, with antique tractor pulls. This event stars the area’s best drivers and their ground-powered machines.
Tractors must be model year 1959 or earlier and be wheel driven by the rear wheels only to be able to participate in the pull. Classic 1960 to 1972 factory turbo may participate with all antique rules applying. Rules for the antique tractor pulls can be found at schuylkillfair.com/exhibits or under the antique tractor pull tab on the fair’s home page. Specific questions may be addressed by calling 570-739-4263 or emailing email@example.com.
The antique tractor drivers can pull in classes divided by weight. There are 16 classes to pull in. This power-pulling motor sport competition requires tractor to pull a heavy sled along a track length with the winner being the tractor that pulls the sled farthest. All tractors in their respective classes pull a set weight on the sled.
The winner is determined by the tractor that pulls the heaviest weight the furthest.
Registration for the antique tractor pulls starts at 9 a.m. at the Ag Museum on the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. Pulls will start approximately at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.