By Jeremy Wallace
TROY — Children in the Kiddie Tractor Pull used all their might to pull ahead of the competition Monday at the Miami County Fair.
The National Kiddie Tractor Pull is a miniature tractor pull for boys and girls from the ages of 3-8 years old. It is 1/10th- scale size using pedal tractors and a scale size weight transfer sled. The pull lane is 30 feet in length. There are three age classes, a 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8.
Children pull the sled with a pedal tractor and as they proceed down the pull lane the box moves forward transferring the weight from the wheels to the pan, which makes it harder to pull.
Trey Schmelzer of Covington won the 8 year old category after a three-way tie in the first heat with three other competitors.
“I practiced by riding on my bike and I had fun pulling,” Schmelzer said.
Each age category crowned the top five winners, with the 6 year old slot having 23 entries. The 3 year olds had 11 competitors, age 4 had 13, age five had 14, age 7 had 12 and age 8 had 15.
If there is a tie in any race, more weight is loaded into the box until there is a winner.
Unity National Bank sponsored the event this year at the fair. The bank provided ribbons and trophies for the competition.
“We are a big supporter of the community and the Miami County Fair. This is a way of giving back to our community,” said Debbie Robart of Unity National Bank.
There were two miniature tractors used for the races. The first one, which was used in the youngest categories was a green tractor with the name “Little American.” Red Hot was used in the remaining races for the older children.
The top three placers in each age class were qualified to pull at the Grand National Tractor Pull on Jan. 31, 2015, at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus Power Show Ohio.
For more information on the National Kiddie Tractor Pull, contact Ron Dietrich at (937) 548-4780.
Jeremy Wallace can be reached at (937) 552-2199 or follow him on Twitter @TroyDailyNews