Tomah, Wisconsin (WXOW) --- The Budweiser Dairyland Super National Tractor Pull, draws more than 60 thousand fans and tourists to Tomah every year. The event kicked off this evening.
Tractors are Esdon Lehn's life. "If you've got a moment you're thinking about how to make your tractor go faster and how to make it stay together. It's paid off because he won the tractor pull in Tomah over 20 times and it says it ain't easy. "Basically if you put the weight on the front or the back it all depends how tough the track is. You gotta keep the front end pulled to the ground but not on the ground."
The sport has attracted women who say tractor pulls are all about family. Deanna is in town from Iowa for the event. "The puller can't leave the yard without me in it. You get to see everybody every weekend. We just enjoy it."
The sport of tractor pulling has been around for about 60 years and people would just rebuild a farm tractor but today it's grown so big and expensive that people build their tractors from scratch. A pair of tires for this tractor will run you 10 thousand dollars.
Last year I ran it 32 times down the track and I didn't even have to change the oil pan and this year last week my first race and I had to put 6 new pistons in it.
The cost is great for the City of Tomah too without an event like this both patrons and residents would surely miss out.the city gets behind it.the county gets behind it. Announcer Doc Riley has been coming for years and says if you don't you're missing out. "The fair board works hard. Everybody gets behind it to just lay out the red carpet and really introduce people to the Cranberry Country."
The event runs through Sunday. Tickets are available at the door general admission is 22 dollars per session, 40 dollars for the day and 115.00 for the entire weekend.
For more information call 608-372-2081
Vets get in for 15 dollars by showing their government I. D.
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