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In the world of tractor pulling, a 300-foot track is called a “full pull.” That’s exactly what the Wilson County Fairgrounds offers drivers again this year during the Wilson County Fair 300 Truck and Tractor Pull on Aug. 2 and 3.
Gates open at 5 p.m. each night, and the competition begins at 7. The Wilson fairground track is one of a few in North Carolina that provide two tracks for simultaneous pulling, so the event doesn’t run as late as other venues’ pulls do.
Tractor pulling is a competitive motor sport in which modified farm tractors and trucks drag a metal sled along a set course. The sled contains a weight that is mechanically pulled forward as the sled moves along the course.
Local puller and event organizer Marty Harrell said that the organizing committee makes sure that this is a family-friendly event.
“Come at gate-opening time and tour the pits and have your photo taken with the cars and drivers,” Harrell said. “We have T-shirts and hats available for sale as well as some giveaways. And we try to make this a learning experience by explaining what certain parts of the trucks and tractors are and how things work instead of just announcing the races.”
For the event, Harrell is hoping for 40 to 45 vehicles that run in eight different weight classes. Classes are modified tractors, super stock tractors, two-wheel drive trucks, four-wheel drive trucks, modified minis, light four-wheel drive trucks, super farm tractors, light pro-stock tractors and hot farm tractors.
Truck engines run anywhere from 700 to 4000 horsepower and include both diesel and alcohol-fueled engines.
“If you are a young guy and love a jacked up, four-wheel-drive truck or if you grew up on a farm with tractors, then this is the event for you,” Harrell said.
Harrell does ask that adults take ear plugs or noise-canceling devices for their children.
Trying to keep the event affordable for families is important to Harrell and the fairground committee.
“We want to keep ticket prices down so that a family can afford to all go out for a night of fun,” Harrell said.
Tickets are $15 at the gate for attendees 13 years old and older and $10 for kids 7 to 12 years old. Advance tickets are available for $12 at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, 2331 U.S. 301 South, and Barnes Equipment Company, 6651 Rock Ridge School Road, Sims.
Hubert Vester Auto Group is the primary corporate sponsor, and Barnes Equipment Company in Rock Ridge is the associate sponsor for the Wilson County Fair 300.
For more information, call the Wilson County Fairgrounds at 237-7987.