DUNKIRK - Black smoke filled the air and the sound of engines revving took the stage as The Western New York Pro Farm Tractor Pull occupied a large crowd at the Budweiser Grandstand on Saturday evening.
Participants from as far as Florida took part in the pull, showing off their hauling machines.
Despite the fact that rain clouds moved in and fell on the crowd constantly, a vast number were not deterred as they stayed to watch the powerful tractors carry deadweight as far as 303 feet. The event consisted of three competing classes: Heavy pro-form, superstock, and 2.6 diesel trucks. Before hooking up to the deadweight, the tractors went through an inspection and were weighed to make sure they met standards.
The WNY Pro Farm Tractor Pull took stage at the Budweiser Grandstand on Saturday evening.
Photo by Jimmy McCarthy
"I have been involved with tractor pulls for years and years," said Dave Wilson, Chautauqua County Fair director. "My brother and I used to take part in tractor pulls at Hanover Center. Tractor pulls are a lot of fun, and it is something I love. The tractors here tonight are very strong."
Tractors that participated in the first two events were of many makes, including John Deere, Oliver 88 and International, amongst others. Dodge was the dominant truck in the 2.6 diesel class. Tractors and 2.6 diesel trucks pulled a scraper truck from Larry Romance and Son.
The final event gave the crowd a thrill as a 2.6 diesel truck hauled deadweight all the way down the track. Winner of the event was Getcha Sum, driven by Josh Henderson with a pull of 303.3 feet.
Conditions on the track changed throughout the duration of the event with the entrance of rain. As a result, the track became tighter and made it a little bit more difficult for drivers.
Commenting on the evenings events, Wilson said, "The crowd turnout was very good despite the threat for rain. (Today's) demolition derby will be a great ending to the events here at the fair."
The WNY Pro Farm Tractor Pull circuit series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. in East Concord.
Results of Saturday evening's tractor pull can be seen on www.wnyprofarm.com.