HARRELLS — The Harrells Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for a mini tractor pull this Saturday, another way of entertaining the masses and raising a little money to protect residents of southern Sampson County.
“We have one in the spring and one in the fall that coincides with Harrells Community Day,” said Danny Carter, one of nearly 50 volunteer member of the Harrells Fire Department. “This is like our big tractor pull, just on a smaller scale.”
The Harrells VFD Mini Tractor Pull will start at 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 30, at the Harrells Volunteer Fire Department on N.C. 41 in Harrells. The event is expected to extend into the early evening with a lot of fun for the entire family, Carter said. He encouraged young and old alike to come out to view the pull, which is free to the public. Concessions, including hot dogs and other refreshments, will be available for purchase.
“This is a sport that has been around for a while and can be enjoyed by men, women and children,” said Carter, a reigning champion in the mini pull. “There will even be mini tractors available for children and adults to give pulling a try at $10 per hook up.”
All proceeds will benefit the Harrells Volunteer Fire Department.
“This will help us purchase safety equipment,” Carter noted.
For nearly two decades, the department has held its National Truck & Tractor Pull. The mini pulls were added several years ago as a complement to that main event, which is the biggest fundraiser for the department.
On average, the fire department usually receives about $20,000 from the big truck and tractor pull in June. Funds from the event have assisted the Harrells Fire Department in purchasing new items, notably safety equipment, turnout gear and other necessities. The motorsport activity has been a tradition in Harrells for close to 18 years and the mini pulls help add a little bit of revenue for the department along with the big pull and the town’s annual Community Day.
“We have to replace equipment,” Harrells Fire Chief George McGill has said. “The other stuff wears out and you have to upgrade it. We use the proceeds to buy new equipment and stuff like that. We appreciate their support and in return, we try to put on a good show for them.”
Carter said the mini pulls are the same thing, just on the smaller side.
“We’re doing the same thing, just on a smaller scale,” he said. “If you enjoy the big tractor pull, you’ll like the small one.
You’d be surprised at these small engines.”
Registration is held the day of the event. Carter said there are usually around 50 entrants. He encouraged everyone to come and have some fun, at least check it out if they haven’t before.
“Once they find out about it,” he said, “they enjoy it.”
For more information, call Danny Carter at 919-921-1722.
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