Children rule the pedal tractor pull at Grange Fair

In four years competing, Spring Mills resident Jacob Grove never placed less than second at the annual pedal tractor pull at the Grange Fair.

On Wednesday morning, 135 kids ages 3 to 10 were part of the 29th annual pedal tractor pull at the tractor pull area and tractor competition grounds at the fair sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Tractor Pull Association.

“The most fun is winning first place,” Jacob, 7, said. In his first year, Jacob placed second in his category. Each year after that, he won the top spot.

CPTPA President Brian Feeser said the youth event is similar to the adult tractor pull competition, except the kids use one of two pedal tractors to pull a weight transfer sled between 10 and 200 pounds depending on their age.

The winner is awarded a trophy, grab bag and the chance at winning their own pedal tractor in a drawing at the Grange Fair.

But Feeser said this year is a little different. The pedal tractor given away is in memory of Ron “Fuzz” Schaeffer — a former pedal tractor pull announcer who passed away.

“This was his favorite event,” Feeser said. “He really love it, announcing and watching the kids do their thing.”

Feeser said said the event began 29 years ago; 4,277 kids have been involved in the event to date. Last year, Feeser said there were 142 kids enrolled, and the year before that, 122.

“It’s something we hope can grow,” Feeser said. “It’s a ton of fun for kids to get involved in and be a part of some kind of tractor pull that they may have grown up watching.”

The last day of the fair is Thursday.

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