Truck and tractor pull starts tonight

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

TIFTON, Ga. -- Truck and tractor pulling will be back in Tifton tonight and Saturday as the Spring Tifton Truck and Tractor Pull is held at the American legion Fairgrounds.

Truck and tractor pullers from across the Southeast will be competing for Southern Pullers Association Championship points and prize money.

Gates open at 5 p.m. today and the pull starts at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. The pull track is one mile east of downtown Tifton on U.S. Highway 82 at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

The event is coordinated by the Ag Equipment Technology Club at Abraham Baldwin College with proceeds going to building a new pulling tractor and for club activities.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for those five and under.

"Some highlights this year will be the presentation of the American Flag carried by a World War II Army tank driven by local leader Buddy Bryan,' said Tyron Spearman, coordinator of the pull.

"Also, the Tifton pull will honor Roy Everett, the driver of the Doerunner 4X4 truck from Doerun. Roy started his pulling career in Tifton and became national champion. He was recently inducted into the National Tractor Pullers Association Hall of Fame."

Spearman said the pull will offer an amateur class to allow local trucks and tractors the opportunity to try the professional sled both nights.

Competitive classes include the 5,200-pound two-wheel drive Pro Street trucks, the 5,200-pound two-wheel drive Modifieds, the 6,200-pound two-wheel drive Super Modified with blowers, the 6,000-pound four wheel Drive Super Stock Trucks, the 6,200-pound four wheel drive Modified Trucks plus the 8,000-pound Super Farm Tractors.