Antique Tractors Compete in Power Pull Contest

antique tractor pull

Antique tractor pulling competition.

High–octane intensity explodes into the Schuylkill County Fair during the afternoon of August 1 as the power hungry antique tractors battle it out at the antique tractor pull! This event stars the area’s best drivers and their ground-powered machines.

Antique tractor drivers compete with their machines in classes designated by weight. There are 16 classes in all. This power pulling motor sport competition requires the tractor to pull a heavy sled along a length of track. All tractors in their respective classes pull a set amount of weight on the weight transfer sled. As it is pulled down the track, the weight is transferred from over the rear axles of the sled towards the front. As the weight moves forward, the resistance builds; therefore, the farther the tractor pulls the sled the harder the sled becomes to pull.

If a tractor is able to pull the sled the full length of the track, this is known as a “full pull.” When more than one tractor achieves a full pull, more weight is added to the sled. The winner is determined as the tractor that pulls the most amount of weight the farthest distance.

To participate in the pull, tractors must be model year 1959 or earlier and be rear wheel driven. Classic 1960 to 1972 factory turbo models may participate with all antique rules applying. Rules for the antique tractor pull can be found on line at under the antique tractor pull tab. Specific questions may be addressed by calling 570-739-4263 or by email to

Registration for the antique tractor pulls starts at 11 AM at the Ag Museum on the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. Pulls will start approximately at 1 PM on Saturday August 1. To get the latest information on this year’s antique tractor pulls at the Schuylkill County Fair which runs July 27 thru August 1, visit our web site at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Come “Harvest the Fun” at the 2015 Schuylkill County Fair!

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