Garden tractor event pulls in a younger crowd

  • Stephen Hart, of Blanford, drives his garden tractor off of the trailer before the tractor pull competition on Sunday morning in Leyden. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Riley Anne Tine gets some coaching from AJ Egloff, one of the tractor pull organizers, while she competes in the garden tractor pull in Leyden on Sunday.  STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Jake Amato, 14, checks his back tire as his starts to pull 1,000 pounds in the garden tractor pull on Sunday in Leyden. Amato was the winner of the tractor pull on Saturday.  STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Brayden Brooks, 10, pulls a wheelie in his tractor during the garden tractor pull in Leyden on Sunday. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Youngest participant in the garden tractor pull was Jake Fugler who is 2 years old. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

Staff writer
Published: 10/8/2018 12:29:21 AM

LEYDEN – At the second day of the Bob Cook Memorial Tractor Pull,  contestants competed in the garden tractor pull, a new addition to the event this year.

Unlike the farm tractor pull, the garden tractor pull attracted a younger crowd of participants – the youngest at just 2 years old.

The 2-year-old – Jake Fugler of Greenfield – got started because his father Jeremy Fuger pulls tractors, so he was continuing the tradition, which is exactly what the organizers of the tractor pull intended.

Dan Galvis, an organizer of the farm festival, said part of the reason why the garden tractor pull was started was to draw kids to become interested with the hopes they will graduate to farm tractors when they’re older.

For the garden tractor, the tractor that pulls the most weight wins. Each tractor pulls weighted cement blocks for 35 feet. If a tractor can’t pull the wight for the whole distance, whichever one pulls it the furthest, wins.

However, unlike the events on Saturday, organizers call the garden tractor pull a “fun pull,” meaning the winner doesn’t get a monetary prize.

Jake Amato, 14, of Northfield won the tractor pull this year after pulling 29,000 pounds on a John Deere owned by one of the organizers, AJ Egloff.

“I do it for the fun of it,” Amato said. “I get to hang out with my friends and family. It was exciting to win. I was surprised it could pull that much.”

Amato pulled two garden tractors on Sunday, one was Egloff’s and one was his own.

Egloff said the tractor pull is a good event, and the garden tractor pull was “just horsing around and letting the kids start early.”

Brayden Brooks, 10, said he likes to pull tractors, because he thinks it’s fun and gets to hang out with his friends.

“I like it, because I get to pull wheelies,” Brooks said. “It’s my second year of pulling, and I want to pull the farm tractors when I’m older.”

Kids without tractors were able to use Egloff’s to pull.

One of them, Riley Anne Tine, 6, of Gilford, N.H., said she likes to pull tractors because her family lives on a farm.

“I like to pull, because we use tractors on our farm,” Tine said. “Someday I want to drive a big tractor, but after this, I am going to go in the bounce house.”

There was also a bounce house, an inflatable jousting area and a bungee run for children that weren’t interested in tractors. The event was free, but donations were accepted to benefit Leyden United Methodist Church, Leyden Historical Commission and Leyden Recreation Committee.


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