Tractor pull returns to fairgrounds

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Attendees should make sure to pack some ear plugs before they head out to this weekend’s truck and tractor pull, according to puller Marty Harrell of Wilson.

Harrell has been pulling for more than 10 years. He drives a super stock tractor with four turbochargers and has pulled more than 60,000 pounds.

This weekend 40 pullers in nine classes will have the opportunity to do the same with their tractors and trucks at the fourth annual National Tractor Pullers Association Championship Truck and Tractor Pull.

There will be trucks and tractors of all brands ready to pull on Friday and Saturday night, as well as multiple engine modified tractors, according to Harrell.

Besides the tractors, there will also be vendors selling ice cream, snow cones, grilled corn on the cob and other food.

There will also be fundraising going on for the family of Ashley Stott, who passed away last week. Stott worked for the city of Wilson but he also worked on the crew for the tractor pull and even helped Harrell earlier this year with painting.

In memory of Stott, the tractor pull has been renamed the Wilson County Fair Memorial Tractor Pull for Ashley Stott for this year.

Advance tickets to the tractor pull are $15 for adults and $8 for children 8-12. Children 7 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets can be purchased through today at Vester Auto Group dealers, the primary sponsor, as well as the fairgrounds and Barnes Equipment. Tickets at the gate are $18/$10.