PENNINGTON GAP – Folks gathered at Leeman Field’s ATV drag strip last Friday, June 2 for the Chucky River Pullers’ lawmower and lawn tractor pull. It was the first event of its kind ever held in Leeman Field. The weather was warm, and there was hardly a cloud in the sky as the event kicked off with an opening prayer and the national anthem at 6 p.m.
Pullers in 24 different classes competed in the event that drew cheers, applause, and awe from the crowd. We enjoyed the event, too, and look forward to seeing another such pull at the same time, same place, on August 18, 2017. If you missed it, you’re getting a second chance! Admission is free, delicious concessions are available, and it’s family-friendly fun, right here at home!
Enjoy these photos from the event.
Twenty-four different classes!
Double-checking the sled.
Mr. Steven Roark of Bristol with his International Harvester “Generation 3” machine. Mr. Roark is a third-generation lawn tractor puller.
The “Junkyard Dog” isn’t messing around! Sewell can change the lights from red to amber, depending on his–and his machine’s–mood.
Sizing up the course.
This classic Cub Cadet, complete with hydraulics, was on hand to groom the track.
A last-minute discussion of rules before the opening prayer.
“Wild Thang” stirs up some dust!
Thanks to the many sponsors of this wonderful event!
Lots of folks turned out for this fun, family-friendly event; the parking area was just the right size.
The sun wasn’t far from setting as the event got going in Leeman Field, Pennington Gap.
Lots of smoke, dust, noise, and EXCITEMENT!
The program began with a prayer and the national anthem as these young men presented the colors.
A panoramic view from the starting line.
Chris Sewell climbs aboard “Junkyard Dog” to show us how she runs. It sounds like a Harley! “Junkyard Dog” belongs to Chris’ father, Mike Sewell, of Blaine, Tennessee.
Towing the line in Leeman Field at the first lawnmower/tractor pull Friday, June 2, 2017.
A panoramic view from the competitor’s sideline.
The sun slipped behind the ridge during a brief intermission following track grooming.
Who says pullin’ isn’t a physical sport?
Steven Roark and “Generation 3” muscle down the track.
Mr. Eugene Latham (seated) of Bristol, Virginia with his “Side Burns Special” tractor. Mr. Latham and this machine have been pulling for 41 years. Standing behind Mr. Latham is Steven Roark of Bristol and Jessica Bishop of Kingsport.
Gearing up as another class readies to take to the starting line.
Thinking of getting in on the action? This little beaut was for sale.
A panoramic view from mid-field, audience’s sideline.
It’s not just for the guys—ladies did their fair share of pulling, too!
Who would have thought a lawnmower could pull such a huge sled? It was a thrill to watch!
Chucky River Pullers – All Hooks $5