GALLIPOLIS — Patrons of the 2017 Gallia County Junior Fair should expect to see big power, smoke, and noise at the pulling track this year.
The fairgrounds will host three separate nights of pulling, giving opportunity for fans to see trucks, tractors, and semis pull the sled down the track.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of the fair, amateurs will line up to pull as follows: Trucks on that Tuesday and tractors and semis on that Wednesday. These nights will be unsanctioned, and will give mostly local contestants to earn their glory. Several classes are available for competition with gas and diesel trucks, and tractors. To participate, contestants must arrive the day of their event and and pay the entry fee, and pass an inspection of necessary.
“Some of the bigger diesels make around 1,200 horsepower,” said Kelley Fellure, track manager and organizer.
During the unsanctioned nights, trucks can run up to 20 mph with the top class being limited to 17 mph.
Friday evening of the fair will host the Ohio State Sanctioned Tractor Pulls, featuring prostock tractors, 2.6 diesel 4×4 trucks, 6,200 pound modified 4×4 trucks, and prostock semis. These trucks and tractors move up to 30 m.p.h. down the track with a full sled.
“Each night is going to have smoke, speed, noise, and the chance of something getting torn up. Enough to get people excited,” said Fellure.
The other nights also host bull riding, barrel racing, and a calf scramble for kids under 12 on Monday at the fair. Thursday will feature mini horse and draft horse pulling.
Saturday will be the perennial favorite – the demolition derby. There will be three main derbies going on including the power wheels derby for children, the lawn mower derby, and the automotive derby. The night will begin at 5 p.m. with the power wheels derby. The lawn mower class will follow, and may be split into two classes depending on participation. The auto class will feature three classes: compact class, mild weld class, and the top tier mash-it class.
Participants must be checked in and inspected by 4:30 p.m. that Saturday, and pay at the gate for entry. Lawn mower and auto derbies will be run according to Smash it Derby rules, which can be found at smashitderby.com
To learn more about any of these events, visit the Gallia County Junior Fair Facebook Page or galliacountyfair.org. The fair is from July 31 – Aug. 5.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.