Bear Creek Festival Antique Tractor Pull

tractor-pull-3645There will be an Antique Tractor Pull on May 17 at the Bear Creek Festival. The Bear Creek Festival and the Antique Tractor Pull will be held in conjunction at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. The Pulls will start promptly at 12 Noon. Registration will begin at 10AM. A $10.00 hook fee is charged per hook. Bear Creek Festival is a free event so the public is invited to come out and enjoy the festivities as well to see the petal pushed to the metal of the antique tractors.

High – Octane intensity explodes into the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds during the Bear Creek Festival on Sunday, May 17. Power hungry antique tractors battle it out at the Antique Tractor Pull on the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. This event stars the area’s best drivers and their ground-powered machines.

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

The antique tractor drivers can pull in classes divided by weight. There are 19 classes to pull in. This power pulling motor sport competition requires tractor to pull a heavy sled along a track length with the winner being the tractor that pulls the sled farthest. All tractors in their respective classes pull a set weight on the sled. When a tractor gets to the end of the track this is known as a “full pull.” When more than one tractor completes the course, more weight is added to the sled. The winner is determined by the tractor that pulls the heaviest weight the furthest.

The sled is known as a weight transfer sled. This means that as it pulls down the track, the weight is transferred from over the rear axles and towards the front of the sled. As the weight moves resistance builds. The further the tractor pulls the sled the harder it gets.

Registration for the antique tractor pulls starts at 10AM at the Ag Museum on the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. Pulls will start approximately at 12 Noon on Sunday, May 17. To get the latest information on this year’s antique tractor pulls at the Bear Creek Festival by visiting the Fair’s web site at Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Following the Pulls the Ag Museum will be refurbishing the track for the Truck Pulls at this year’s Schuylkill County Fair, July 27 through August 1, 2015. Coming to this year’s Pulls will be the addition of some new and exciting events. On Monday July 27 during the Diesel Truck Pulls there will be Side By Side Drag Racing of that black smoke, gear grinding diesel trucks. Tuesday’s Pulls will see the Gas Trucks in action. Also in action will be the Semi-Trucks and 466 Hot Farm Tractors of Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Series. Saturday, August 1 will be the time set aside for the Antique Tractors to pull. Then if that is not enough action for all you adrenalin seeking gear heads there will be a Fall Antique Tractor Pull in October. This will be held at the same facility as the Spring Antique Tractor Pulls on the Schuylkill County Fair Grounds on October 3 with a rain date of October 10. Registration for this event will start at 11AM and pulling will start at 1PM. A Hook fee of $10.00 per hook will be assessed. Same classes and rules as the Bear Creek and Fair Antique Tractor Pull will apply.

General Rules & Classes:

Antique Tractor Pull – classes ⁄ rules

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