SCUGOG: The 42nd annual Truck and Tractor Pull is returning to Blackstock, on July 7th and 8th, at the Blackstock Fairgrounds.
Contestants will pull a weighted sled along a 300-foot-long track, to see who can make it the farthest distance for a cash prize.
The sled is designed to transfer the weight from the rear to the front as the pull progresses, so the farther a driver gets, the harder it is to pull the sled.
If the drivers manage to reach the end of the track it is called a “full pull” and if another driver reaches it as well they have a “pull off.” The Blackstock Truck and Tractor Pull usually gets a few full pulls each year, according to Nicole Beechey, Blackstock Agricultural Society secretary.
“The sled company we use is called The Executioner Sled Team, and they are very good at setting up the sleds so that we get some good full pulls because it’s exciting for the crowd,” she said.
Winners of the tractor pull often have modified their trucks or tractors to have the best combination of horsepower, traction, and torque. The skill level of the driver is also an important factor.
“I’ve seen tractor pulls won and lost based on whether someone down shifted to early or too late,” Mrs. Beechey said.
Each day of the truck or tractor pull there will be six different classes of vehicles competing. These classes include gas and diesel 4x4 trucks, modified 4x4 trucks, light and heavy pro stock tractors, modified tractors, and pro street semi vehicles.
Mrs. Beechey anticipates around 50 vehicles will be competing and they can expect hundreds of people each night, depending on weather.
“It’s fun to come out as a family to see it,” she said. “you also get to see your neighbours and friends.”
The event will have food trucks and a beer tent available for attendees.
The Blackstock Agricultural Society encourages everybody to come out and enjoy the event.
Admission prices for adults is $10, for children 12 and under it is $5 and children under 5 are allowed in for free. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
“If you own a 4x4 gas or diesel truck you are welcome to try out the tractor pulling as well,” Mrs. Beechey said.