By KALEA hall
For the past 14 years, Rick Humphries and Mel Miller of Orwell have made their way to the Canfield Fair for what they consider to be the best truck and tractor pull in the nation.
“I like the horse power and the diesel smoke,” Miller said.
The Truck and Tractor Pull put on by Full Pull Productions and the National Tractors Pulling Association is one Canfield Fair event that brings out thousands with ear plugs in hand, ready to watch tractors and trucks with all sorts of engines pull thousands of pounds up to 300 feet. Pulling 300 feet is consider a “full-pull”; anything less doesn’t cut it.
“People want to be at the 300-foot line,” said Craig Myers, fair board member. “That’s where all the action happens.”
This motor sport all began when farmers decided to have competition with their tractors, according to Myers. Since 1971, the fair has been a place for tractors and trucks to compete. Over the years, changes were made to make it what the event is today. Now, there are two dirt tracks: one for trucks and one for tractors to pull a “weight exchanger.”
“That’s good for spectators because when you come in you want action,” Humphries said.
There are six different classes at the Canfield Fair, including the 10,000-pound Pro Stock Tractors, 9,500-pound Super Stock Tractor, 8,700-pound Limited Pros and 9,300-pound Super Farm Tractors. Also in the pulling competition were 7,600-pound modified trucks, 20,000-pound big-rig semi-trucks, and more. The modified competitors came in with multiple engines.
“These competitors come from all over the country,” Myers said.
The Canfield Fair is the “big time” in the pulling sport for Humphries and Miller.
“This is one of the best, without a doubt,” Humphries said.
The competition Saturday night was the national championship in pulling. For the results of the competition and winners, visit www.fullpullproductions.com.