Pulling action

The Buckeye Hauler powered down the track during the 2017 tractor pull in Tomah.

The 2018 Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull in Tomah will experience a few changes this year, including a quiet Sunday afternoon.

The biggest change is the elimination of the Sunday show, said Julie Zebro, Monroe County Agricultural Society marketing director. The change was made to accommodate both fans and pullers.

“We’re not cutting any of the classes ... shows will probably run a little longer,” she said. “It will be better for the pullers and our fans so they have a day to travel back home. A lot of them take a whole week of vacation to come to the pull early in the week and pull, and it gets done 4-5 p.m. at night Sunday, and they have distances to go. So it just makes it a little easier for fans and pullers to get back home and back to work Monday like they want to.”

The number of sessions will shrink from six to five, and Zebro said classes that ran Sunday will be added to the five remaining shows.

Zebro said she originally had doubts about eliminating Sunday but now feels the revised schedule will go well.

“We have tried really hard to make it ... easier for our fans (and pullers) to get here and have a good time and yet go home safely and not have to rush,” she said.

The pull will run June 21-23. The first show will start at 7 p.m. Thursday. The afternoon shows Friday and Saturday will begin at noon and all evening shows will begin at 7 p.m.

The pull will also be changing from a ticket system to an armband system.

Zebro said it will make it easier for attendees and pullers to move in and out of Tomah Recreation Park.

Another change is an increase in the number of food booths to 24, which will include Bubba’s BBQ Pit, the Onion King, North Oak Gourmet Meat and the Shrimp Shack. There will also be more vendor booths on the grounds.

A live band, High Mileage of Viroqua, will also play Friday after the noon show and after the evening show.

Zebro she hopes everyone at the pull has a safe, happy weekend and that the weather cooperates.

“A perfect thing for the pull would be temperatures somewhere between mid-70s to low 80s with a light gentle breeze, blue skies and sunshine and if it wants to rain, only between 12 and 4 a.m.” she said. “That would be my ideal weather forecast. ... It’s much easier to work (with good weather).”

Meghan Flynn can be reached at meghan.flynn@lee.net.


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