Roar of the Engines

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Trucks, tractors, side by side and a whole lot more will be found on the track at the Schuylkill County Fair, July 30 – August 4, 2018. (photos by Ray Silcox)

For the eighth time at the Schuylkill County Fair we will have truck pulls.  Local pullers will get their chance on Monday, July 30th.  Monday night local diesel and gas truck pullers may compete for the bragging rights of being Schuylkill County Fair truck puller for 2018.  This night is for both diesel and gas powered trucks which is different from the past events on the track.  In addition to local Diesel/Gas Trucks Pulling, Street Semi’s will take the track as well.  This event is sponsored by J. C. Hill Tree Farm.

Tuesday, track activities starting at 7 PM will be all about Lucas Oil/ East Coast National Pull where the dirt churning gear grinding Multi-Engine Modified Tractors, Hot Farm Tractors, Limited Pro Stock Semi’s, and East Coast Diesel-Pro Diesel, FWD Trucks will light up the track.   New to the lineup this evening is the Multi-Engine Modified Tractors.  The evenings events are sponsored by Reynmil Inc. Forest Products, Kistler Transportation, Alpine building Supply, M. Weider Trucking Inc., Kistler Farms, Minersville Auto Parts.

A diesel truck is a work vehicle, designed to haul cargo or pull trailers, right?  That perception has been changed by gear heads.   Schuylkill County Fair invites all diesel pickups or SUVs to test their skills and horsepower on the track.  Entrants may come from all over the area.   The Quarter-mile widened track with good times translate to bragging rights. Clocking locked turbo-diesel can reach 81.0 mph in 16.9 seconds. However, once you add a fuel chip, custom exhaust, locking differentials, and aftermarket air filters, times drop into the low 12-second range. Inject propane and/or nitrous oxide with bigger injectors, unrestricted exhaust systems, and twin turbo-chargers, and things can get very fast.  Come to the fair and see who will walk away with the Side by Side FWD Drag Race bragging rights.  This is sure to excite the crowd who gather to watch this event on Wednesday evening at 7PM.  Prior to this event there will be a Celebrity Tractor Pull.  Bragging rights are at stake here as local celebrities take their turn pushing the petal to the metal.

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Schuylkill County Fair announces the Track events for this year’s fair.

Registration for these nights of pulls and racing begins at 4PM.

The track for pulling, which has been used for Antique Tractor Pulling, has been improved by lengthening and re- resurfacing. If rain occurs, it will not dampen the fun.  The track will be covered with a tarp to protect it.   Keeping the track covered will make for a great evening of tractor pulls.  The pulling sled is rented and ready to go from Crouse.

Truck pulling is a fine mixture of horsepower, traction, and chassis setup on a 4 WD vehicle that is attached by a heavy chain to a weighted sled. The further your truck pulls the sled, the more stress and pressure it will experience along the track.  By the end of the track, even the most powerful trucks will be stopped cold by extremely large forces created by the awesome amount of weight bearing down upon the sled.  Some trucks will break under the pressure, and you may witness drive-shafts and axles twisting into scrap metal as man and machine go to war, just to see who can get the best hook!  It is adrenaline, testosterone, and excitement. It is a sport that can engulf the entire family, and offer fun and excitement that can be rivaled by very few.

On a smaller scale, Thursday evening will have Lawn mower Pulls.  This event is put on by Lorah Lawnmower Pulls.  This event is slated for a 7PM start time.

The Schuylkill County Fair Association is pleased to sponsor these thrilling event at the 2018 Fair. Specific rules for the Truck Pull may be found on the Schuylkill County Fair web site, www.schuylkillfair.com under the Pull tab.  No pun intended.  For more detailed information may be found at www.schuylkillfair.com/exhibits/ in a PDF under Department 22.   Contact people for further information include Matt Halabura at (570)449-4133, mhalabura@verizon.net  or Fran Vidzicki at (570) 691-5866, tractorfran@gmail.com

Events at the Tract continue On Saturday with Antique Tractor PullsHigh – Octane intensity explosion erupts onto the Schuylkill County Fair during the afternoon of August 4.  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 www.schuylkillfair.com/exhibits/   or under the antique tractor pull tab on the fair’s homepage.  Specific questions may be addressed by calling 570-739-4263 or emailing the questions to kvnber4@comcast.net

The antique tractor drivers can pull in classes divided by weight.   There are 16 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 9AM at the Ag Museum on the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds.  Pulls will start approximately at 10AM on Saturday August 4.

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