Association of Connecticut Fairs Youth Baking Contest: Blueberry Buckle

Each year The Association of Connecticut Fairs sponsors baking contests open to the public at participating member fairs. There are separate contests for Junior and Adult divisions, each with a specific recipe. A Two-Crusted Apple Pie Baking contest is also held.

Who may enter

The contest at each participating member fair is open to all men, women and juniors. Commercial, industrial or professional bakers are not eligible. Divisions: Juniors (ages 7 to 15 as of July 1st) and Adult.

How to enter

All men, women or juniors entering a contest at any participating member fair is automatically entered and competing in the local contest. Contestants may enter the contest at as many fairs as they wish until they win first prize. They will then represent that fair at the state baking contest. Please submit entries to both the local and state contest on disposable plates. The Association of Connecticut Fairs and the member fairs are not responsible for the return of plates, trays or containers.

Judging

Judging will be based on appearance, flavor and texture. The Association of Connecticut Fairs will furnish judges’ score sheets to each fair and the contestant will receive these sheets at the end of the contest. Additions, deletions or substitutions in the recipe are not permitted and will result in disqualification. All decisions of the judges are final.

Local contest

The winner of the local contest will receive a blue ribbon from the Association of Connecticut Fairs and will then become eligible to submit their entry at the state contest. In the event that only one entry is received at the local contest and that entry is worthy of first prize, that entry must be awarded the first place ribbon.

State Contest

The state contest is held as part of the Fall Meeting and Convention of the Association of Connecticut Fairs. Entries for the state contest are accepted from 8:00 am to 10:00 a.m. on the day of the judging (contact your local fair or visit www.ctagfairs.org for the date and location). Contest winners are announced at the Fall Meeting. Each fair is responsible for contacting their contest winner and providing them with information. The Association of Connecticut Fairs does not contact individual fairs or contest winners in regards to contest and banquet reservations nor does the Association of Connecticut Fairs cover the costs of attending the awards banquet. NO BANQUET RESERVATIONS FOR CONTEST WINNERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR.

Ingredients

For the cake

3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon King Arthur Baking All-Purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

For the topping

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup King Arthur Baking All-Purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease an 8×8-inch pan.
3. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 egg, and the lemon zest together until fluffy.
4. In a separate bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour with the baking powder and salt.
5. Add the dry ingredient mixture and the milk into the sugar mixture, alternating between the two as you add and mixing until just combined.
6. Toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour.
7. Fold the blueberries into the batter.
8. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
9. For the topping, combine the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, flour, and cinnamon together in a small bowl until a crumbly mixture forms.
10. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the batter in the pan.
11. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes.
12. Once cooled, cut into 9 equal pieces.

Submit five pieces on a white paper plate.

Judging Criteria

Flavor 40 points
Overall appearance 25 points
Texture 15 points
Following Directions 10 points
Aroma 10 points
Total Score 100 points

Prizes

The following prizes and a rosette will be awarded at the annual state contest held in November. Honorable Mention Ribbons will be awarded.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
$20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $7.50 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $2.50 $2.50

King Arthur Flour is sponsoring ribbons and prizes at the Annual State Contest held in November.

Department D: Beef Cattle Show

Katie Adkins, Superintendent – (860) 601-1815
Judging Sunday at 11 am

Mail entry form to:

Katie Adkins
44 Minor Rd, Terryville CT 06786

Please review the General Rules for the Beef and Dairy Shows

Showmanship

Classes
1. Pee Wee Showmanship: under age 7
(accompanied by an older junior)
2. Novice Fitting & Showmanship: first year showing
3. Junior Fitting & Showmanship: ages 7-13
4. Senior Fitting & Showmanship: ages 14-21
5. Over the Hill Showmanship: ages over 21

Premiums

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
$25 $20 $15 $10 $5

Steers

Classes (determined based on entries)
6. Lightweight Steers
7. Heavyweight Steers
8. Champion & Reserve Rosettes*

Heifers

Classes (Shown by breed – Angus, AOB, Hereford)
9. Junior Heifer Calves: born Jan 1–May 1, 2024
10. Winter Heifer Calves: born Nov 1–Dec 31, 2023
11. Senior Heifer Calves: born Sept 1–Oct 31, 2023
12. Late Summer Yearling Heifers: born July 1–Aug 31, 2023
13. Early Summer Yearling Heifers: born May 1–June 30, 2023
14. Late Junior Yearling Heifers: born March 1–April 30, 2023
15. Junior Yearling Heifers: born Jan 1–Feb 28, 2023
16. Senior Yearling Heifers: born Sept 1–Dec 31, 2023
17. Champion & Reserve Rosettes*

Group Classes

Classes
18. Cow – Calf: Limited to cow with calf at side
19. Get of Sire: Three animals by one sire
20. Produce of Dam: Two animals by one dam
21. Best Six Head: Owned or Co-Owned by exhibitor

Open Premiums

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
$35 $30 $25 $20 $15

Junior Premiums

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
$25 $20 $15 $10 $5

* Champion & Reserve receive an additional $15 and $10 premium respectively.

General Rules: Beef and Dairy Shows

Beginning 2023, Beef and Dairy cattle will be shown in separate departments and housed in separate barns. Please enter Beef under department D and Dairy under department E.

Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.

Please include a copy of health certificate and lease papers, if applicable, with your entry form. Entry forms should include class, breed, animal’s name and registration number, date of birth, sire and dam.

No entry fee will be charged. An entry form must be completed by each exhibitor.

Any exhibitor staying overnight will comply with the Fair’s overnight policy as stated and will be required to wear a Fair issued name tag and will be required to sleep in the dairy barn. Permission slips are required for any exhibitor under the age of 18.

Any exhibitor dispensing or consuming alcoholic beverages, or leaving before dismissal time, will forfeit premium monies.

All cattle must be on the grounds by Friday 4pm and remain until Sunday 5 pm.

No set up until Thursday 5 pm, spaces will be pre-assigned.

Cattle will be housed in a modern building. Bedding will be provided.

All trailers and animals must be brought in through gate #2. Please see the Superintendent to obtain a parking permit for your livestock vehicle.

Cattle shall originate from herds that meet the testing and health requirements of the State of Connecticut. All cattle must have a health certificate issued within 60 days of their first show by an accredited veterinarian stating that the animal is in good health and not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases. No animals are to be unloaded until the health papers have been shown to the Superintendent.

Out of state cattle are required to have a current health certificate, and comply with the health and testing regulations set forth by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Animals not complying with the above regulations will be removed from the Fairgrounds.

Animals must be owned or leased by the exhibitor. Certificates of registry and lease papers of all animals must be brought to the Fair and presented to the Superintendent.

No animals will be accepted on arrival at the fairgrounds unless properly entered.

All cattle will be judged in the ring and must be in the ring when the class is called.

The judge reserves the right to withhold the award in any class if they feel the animals do not meet the breed standards. Animals will be judged on their merits.

All exhibitors are encouraged to display farm and breed signs.

Fitting is at the discretion of the exhibitor.

Rules Governing Drawing of Horses and Oxen

Contestants and their helpers participating in contests must carry their own liability insurance. Only one driver and two helpers for each team will be admitted free.

The Fair will not be responsible for any damage done to persons, animals, automobiles or property.

  1. Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.
  2. The Superintendent and Judges shall be responsible for the enforcement of all rules. They shall have full jurisdiction as well as plenary power to decide all questions arising in connection with the contest and the enforcement of the rules and regulations governing the same. They shall determine the winners and shall award the prizes in accordance with the rules. They shall have the right to disqualify any driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs or any team that is in an unfit condition. Failure to comply promptly with the direction of the Judges and Superintendent shall result in immediate disqualification of a contestant.
  3. Connecticut Ox Owners and Drives Association Rules will govern the Ox Drawing Contest.
  4. Eastern Draft Horse Association Rules will govern the Draft Horse Contest.
  5. All horses exhibited must have certificate of vaccination against equine encephalomylitis.
  6. Any offensive language toward the Superintendent or Judges, before, during or after any drawing contest, will disqualify the contestant, and cause them to  forfeit any premiums due.
  7. Interference or harassment of a State Livestock Inspector will result in forfeiture of premium monies and/or expulsion from the Fairgrounds.
  8. Drug Testing Horse/Oxen Pulling: The Harwinton Agricultural Society, sponsor of the Harwinton Fair, retains the right to test any and all pulling animals. Anyone refusing testing will be eliminated from competition. If a team tests positive, all winnings will be forfeited and the owner and team will not be allowed to pull for 2 years at the Harwinton Fair.
  9. Oxen: A whip or wooden stick only and no hitting on the face.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest

Winner will be presented with the Jamie Kirchner Memorial Trophy.

Any youth 6 years or older may enter. Follow the recipe below, it does not need to be included with the entry.

Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.

Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd
$2.00 $1.50 $1.00

All others will receive participant ribbons.

Jamie’s Recipe

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • (1) 12 ounce bag Chocolate Chips

Directions

Makes 6 dozen.

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Mix shortening and brown sugar.
  3. Add granulated sugar and stir.
  4. Add eggs, water and vanilla and beat well.
  5. Add flour, salt and baking soda and beat well.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 12 minutes.
  9. Cool on cooling rack.

Submit 6 on a plate for judging.

Horse Show Events

Saturday and Sunday.

General Rules And Regulations

  • Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.
  • One person per horse admitted free to the Fair.
  • Current rabies vaccine and negative Coggins certificates are required for each horse.
  • No stallions are allowed on the Fairgrounds.
  • Red ribbons must be on the tails of horses that kick.
  • AQHA rulebook will be used as a guideline only.
  • Decisions of the judge and/or committee are final.
  • No horses will be ridden in any area other than the show ring.
  • Proper attire is required. Anyone under 18 years of age must wear protective headgear with the harness securely fastened.
  • There will be no refunds, no exceptions.
  • Secretaries booth will be opened at 7:30 am Saturday and 9:30 am Sunday.
  • All entry forms must be signed by rider or guardian if rider is a minor.
  • Separate numbers will be assigned to riders riding more than one horse. Riders cannot combine points from more than one horse for any on championship.
  • Any disorderly conduct by rider or horse will exclude them from the show and fairgrounds.
  • All courses will be posted at the secretaries booth and lower end of the show ring.
  • Anyone showing in the walk-trot/walk-jog divisions are not eligible for any other divisions.

The Harwinton Agricultural Society Horse Show Committee, and Show Officials will not be held responsible for any accident, loss, damage, or death to person, horse, or property. Signature on entry form constitutes agreement herein.

Age Divisions

(as of January 1, 2024)

  • Leadline 7 years and under
  • Pee Wee 10 years and under
  • Walk-trot/jog 13 years and under
  • Youth 11 years to 18 years
  • Junior 17 years and under
  • Open all ages
  • Games all ages

English and Western Class List

Saturday, 9:30 am

1. Walk-Jog Showmanship
2. Junior Showmanship ( first 3 classes are western only)
3. Open Showmanship
4. Walk-Trot Equitation
5. Walk-Trot Pleasure
6. Walk-Trot Discipline Rail
7. Walk-Jog Horsemanship
8. Junior Horsemanship
9. Open Horsemanship
10. Junior Equitation
11. Junior Pleasure
12. Junior Discipline Rail
13. LeadLine (first class after lunch)
14. Walk-Jog Pleasure
15. Junior Pleasure
16. Open Pleasure
17. Open Equitation
18. Open Pleasure
19. Open Discipline Rail
20. Western Fair Pleasure
21. English Fair Pleasure
22. Musical Cones
23. Egg and Spoon
24. Simon Says
25. Water ride
26. Sit-A-Buck

Championships

  • Walk-Jog: 1, 7, 14
  • Walk-Trot: 4, 5, 6
  • Junior Western: 2, 8, 15
  • Junior English: 10, 11, 12
  • Open Western: 3, 9, 16
  • Open English: 17, 18, 19
  • Games: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Association of Connecticut Fairs Two-Crusted Apple Pie Contest

Contest Rules

1. Each pie must be a 9” (measured at the top inside edge of the dish) two-crusted pie, lattice-top is excluded.
2. Submit a 3” x 5” card with your recipe, your name and address.
3. No pre-made or pie mixes will be allowed.
4. The main ingredient must be apples. However, pies may include other fruits or ingredients.
5. Failure to adhere to these rules will disqualify the entered pie from the competition.
6. All pies become the property of the Association of Connecticut Fairs (baking dishes will not be returned).

Judging Criteria

Overall appearance 40 points
Crust 10 points
Flavor 40 points
Texture 10 points
Total Score 100 points

Prizes

The following prizes plus a rosette will be awarded at the annual state contest held in November. Honorable Mention Ribbons will also be awarded.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
$40.00 $35.00 $30.00 $25.00 $15.00 $12.50 $10.00 $7.50 $5.00 $5.00

Bishops Orchards is sponsoring by awarding bags of apples at the Annual State Contest held in November.

King Arthur Flour is sponsoring ribbons and prizes at the Annual State Contest in November.

Ox Teamster’s Challenge

Carl and David Armbruster, Superintendents (860) 940-8594

Saturday, adjacent to the Oxen Ring.

  • Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.
  • Begins after show classes
  • Open to all teams strong enough to pull a loaded sled.
  • Open to all teamsters – any age or gender
  • Maximum 2 pairs per teamster

Teamster must work alone, using mostly voice commands: Load an unruly log onto a woodshod sled and then pull the sled through an obstacle course designed to simulate trees, bridges, and mud holes. The event is timed and the judge deducts points for each mistake. This is a show of patience and skill for both teamster and team. Good sportsmanship is expected and makes this event a crowd-pleaser. No nose baskets will be allowed.

The Fair pays 10 places and provides colorful rosette ribbons as well as a trophy for first place team.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
$100 $75 $50 $40 $30 $25 $20 $15 $10 $10

Extra money can be earned by spilling a small water bucket with one end of the log during the course.

Please sign up in the morning, or ahead of time, with the announcer:
David Armbruster
355 North Harwinton Ave
Terryville, CT 06786-4104

Stock Garden Tractor Pull

Sunday. Registration at 8 am, pull begins at 9 am. For more information call John Bigos at (860) 601-0098 .

Held in the tractor pull area at the South end of the Fairgrounds.

Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.

Classes

Class 1. Stock. Kids 6-10 years old. Up to 12HP with 23/10.5/12 or smaller tires
Class 2. Stock. Kids 11-14 years old. up to 12HP with 23/10.5/12 or smaller tires.
Class 3. Stock. Kids 6-14 years old. up to 14-20HP with 26/12/12 or smaller tires.
Class 3G. Gravely-Kids 6-14 years old and up with 26/12/12 or smaller tires.
Class 4. Stock. Adult. 15 years and older. up to 11HP with 23/10.5/12 or smaller tires.
Class 5. Stock. Adult. 15 years and older. 12-16HP with 23/10.5/12 or smaller tires.
Class 6. Stock. Adult. 15 years and older. 17-20HP with 26/12/12 or smaller tires.
Class 6G. Gravely-Adult. 15 years or older with 26/12/12 or smaller tires.
Class 7. Stock Big Wheels. Kids 6-14 years old. up to 20HP 16-24 inch tires. No tires larger than 8.3×24 or 9.5.
Class 8. Stock Big Wheels. Adult, 15 years and older, up to 20HP 16-24 inch tires. none larger than 8.3×24 or 9.5.
Class 9. Super Stock, Adult, 15 years and older.

General Rules, All classes

  • A Full pull will be 8 feet. If your 1st pull is less than 2 feet you will have the option to try again. NOTE: some pulls may not allow this.
  • Boundary lines will be 10 feet apart. If tractor or stone boat hits the boundary lines, the driver and tractor will be disqualified.
  • No jerking stone boat. You must tighten the chain before pulling.
  • Drivers must remain seated. No bouncing allowed. Drivers must keep one hand on steering wheel at all times while pulling.
  • Only one person per tractor per class. (Adults) Two kids from immediate family per tractor.
  • Kids 6-14 years must be able to safely operate the tractor to the satisfaction of our officials. Kids must also have an adult coach at all times. Coaches must remain outside the boundary lines at time of pull.
  • Officials will class and check all the tractors. Their judgment is final.
  • No horseplay or alcoholic beverages allowed. No passengers on tractor.
  • No cheating:
    • Cheat once: warning.
    • Cheat twice: miss two pulls.
    • Cheat 3 times: kids out for the season, adults out permanently.
  • All tractors must have clevis or hole in draw bar large enough to accept hook from stone boat. Hole must be at least 2″ diameter.
  • Class winners will be allowed to move up to next class. They will compete for fun only, not for ribbons.
  • Pulling committee and officials reserve the right to add any additional rules or correct any problems that happen at a pull.

The age of the puller on May 1st will determine the class they will pull for the entire season.

There are a few tractors with factory stock 15″ rims. These will be classed on an individual basis.

A 23/10.5/12 tire is 23″ tall, 10.5″ wide and on a 12″ rim.

A 26/12/12 is 26″ tall, 12″ wide and on a 12″ rim.

Garden Tractor Pull Rules

Stock garden tractors up to 20hp, 1 or 2 cylinders, gas or electric.

All tractors must have a rigid draw bar. Maximum bar height in classes 1-6 will be one inch below rear axle centerline.

Max draw bar height for Big Wheels. classes 7 & 8 will be 12 inches from the ground. Classes 7 &8 Economy tractors will have a stock hitch that was original equipment or one rebuilt to original specs. No bolt on draw bars behind the rear axle.

One set of stock garden tractor wheel weights, or tires loaded with liquid ballast, not both.

Wheel Weights, Classes 1-8

  • 8″ and 12″ wheels may be homemade and should not to exceed 75 lbs. per wheel.
  • Big wheels must be manufactured only and not to exceed 140 lbs. per wheel.
  • Weights may be weighted at any time at discretion of an official. They must be removable.
  • Under mounted mowers are allowed. No chains over 10″ long to hold mower deck to tractor. No other attachments. Engine cannot run over 3,600 rpm.
  • No cut tires, no tire chains, dual wheels, 4×4’s, crawlers, steel wheels, pit bulls, cupels, or professional pulling tires.
  • Tractors in classes 7 & 8 must be equipped with wheelie bars that are strong enough to support tractor.
    Wheelie bars must be strong enough to support tractor. Bars must be made of 2” square tubing, 1/8” thick, or flat stock, 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ max. Brace 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ x 1/8″ angle. Cross brace must not interfere with hitch or chain. Bars must not extend more than 4” behind the exterior of the tire, no more than 6” from the ground. They must have wheels or pads.
  • Wheelie bars are not mandatory for classes 1 thru 6 but are highly recommended for safety. If you have them they must meet the standards listed above.
  • Cub cadets must have a shield to deflect any flying parts to ground in event of a mishap. Shields must be made of 15 gauge steel or 1/8″ aluminum and surround the clutch housing on top and both sides.
  • Stock seats only. No car, trucks, bucket seats or otherwise.
  • Flagrant violators of any rules will not be allowed to pull, per decision of official.

Super Stock Rules, Class 9

  • Garden tractors, up to 20hp. One or two cylinder, four cycle, gasoline engines.
  • Frame cannot be lengthened more than 4″. Hood cannot be raised more than 3″. Tractors must have wheelie bars that are strong enough to support the tractor, must extend 4″ behind the exterior of the tire and will be no more than 6″ from the ground. See Stock garden tractor rules for requirements.
  • All tractors must have a rigid draw bar. Max height will be 14″. Bars must not extend rearward more than 15” from center of the axle. Rear engine tractors accepted, with rigid bars being as close as possible to the engine.
  • Tractors can run two pair of wheel weights and add up to 300 lbs. of extra weight. All weights must be secured to tractor. No weights allowed on tractor seats or driver. Nothing can protrude more than 20″ in front of the tractor frame. Losing weights while pulling will result in disqualification.
  • Maximum engine rpm must not exceed 4,000 and may be checked at any time. All tractors must have sufficient shielding of belts, chains, clutches, etc. to deflect any flying parts to the ground.
  • Any type of tire may be used. Tires can be modified. Max size will be 31-15.50/15. No dual wheels, no tire chains or studs.
  • A tractor that pulls in Super Stock cannot pull in any other class. Tractor may not weigh more than 1700 lbs. with 3 1/15.5×15 tires, and 1800 lbs. with 26×12.5×12 tires.
  • Super Stock tractors will be weighed. There will be a one time fee for the scale to be paid by the puller. Tractors may be rechecked at any later pull at no fee at the discretion of the official.

Antique Tractor Pull

Saturday. Registration at 8 am, pull begins at 9 am.

Stock Farm Tractors, 1959 and older:

  • Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.
  • Stock drawbars only. No modifications, a clevis is to be used and cannot be modified.
  • The maximum hitch height is 18 inches. This will be measured from the point of contact that hook on the chain will have with the tractor.
  • Washers may be used to shim the clevis.
  • The clevis must be attached to the drawbar in the normal location.
  • The minimum distance from the centerline of the rear axle to the pin hole where the clevis is attached is 24 inches.
  • Tractors with 2 or 3 point hitch drawbar must have drawbar secured with stabilizer bars or pins.
  • Unusual stock items: The owner of any tractor equipped with unusual or seldom seen parts will be required to bring parts, operators or service manuals to verify to officials that the parts are factory stock.
  • Industrial tractors that cannot meet this requirement must remain stock.

Tires

  • Regular or radial tires are legal. NO CUT TIRES.
  • Tractors in the 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 pound classes will be limited to a maximum tire width of 15.5 inches.
  • Tractors in the 6500, 7500, pound classes will be limited to a maximum tire width of 16.9 inches.
  • Tractors in the 8500, 9500, 10,500, and 11,500 classes will be limited to maximum tire width of 18.4 inches on row crop style.

Safety Bars

  • All tractors must be equipped with safety bars. The safety bars must be made out of three-inch channel iron or the equivalent.
  • Safety bars must be rigid and stationary and extend 4 inches past the rear tires and 10 inches from the ground.
  • Three-point hitch arms may be used, if bolted stationary into position.
  • All safety bars must be equipped with safety pads on the ends of the bars. Safety pads must be stationary and must not be less than 25 square inches per pad.
  • All tractors must be equipped with safety bars strong enough to support the weight of the tractor when tested by a judge.

Weight of Tractors:

  • Front frame weights are legal. This means any factory cast frame weights bolted in the stock location.
  • Front wheel weights are legal. This means any factory front cast wheel weights bolted securely in the stock location. Two sets maximum at events with no scales. No limit at events with scales.
  • Rear wheel weights are legal. This means any factory cast rear wheel weights bolted securely in the stock location. Three sets maximum at events with no scales. No limit at events with scales.
  • Loaded tires are legal. Either loaded tires or three sets of wheel weights, not both events with no scales. Both loaded tires and any amount of wheel weights at events with scales.

Weight Classes

  • 2500 LBS
  • 3500 LBS
    • 1st place receives the Arnold “Arnie” Tonn memorial trophy, donated by the Brenner Family.
  • 4500 LBS
  • 5500 LBS
    • 1st place receives the Ernie Schultz memorial trophy, donated by his loving family.
  • 6500 LBS
  • 7500 LBS
  • 8500 LBS
  • 9500 LBS
  • 10,500 LBS
  • 11,500 LBS.

General Rules

The officials of events reserve the right to add any additional rules or correct any problems that happen at an event that are not written in the rules.

  • PULL: 20′ is a full pull.
  • HITCHING UP: You may not bring your tractor onto the track until the flagman allows you to do so. No pack the track! You back up once and hook up to the stone boat. No pulling ahead and backing up again and again Tractors must be in neutral and hands off the controls when a man is hooking you on. No jerking of the stone boat allowed. You must tighten the chain before pulling Disengaging and engaging clutch after your pull begins is not allowed.
  • OUT OF BOUNDS: Guide ropes will be placed on the ground at a distance of 14 feet apart. Any part of the tractor touching the guide rope or going over the ropes during the pull will disqualify the pull and the tractor from the event.
  • STONE BOAT: The stone boat will only be centered to track at the officials discretion.
  • WEIGHING IN: all tractors must be weighed in 1 hour prior to the start of the event. Once a tractor is weighed it will be parked in the staging area and not allowed to go back to the pit area.
  • NO RIDERS: No riders on the tractors in any area of the event. Any coaching must be done outside of the out of bounds markers.
  • FLUIDS: Any fluids leaking from tractors in excessive amounts will disqualify the tractor from the event.
  • CLASS WINNERS: A winner of a class can move up to the next class and compete. Only if he/she won his/her class by making a full pull. No weight can be added and no changes can be made to the tractor. Winning tractors maybe reinspected and re-weighed at officials discretion.
  • DRIVERS: the drivers must be 18 years of age or older and maintain good, safe adult behavior at all times. Drivers who do not remain seated while pulling will be automatically disqualified. All drivers are expected to help out on the track crew at some point during the event. Any driver intoxicated or disrespectful will be disqualified.
  • BRAKES: All tractors must have good working brakes.
  • SHEET METAL: Major sheet metal shall be in place and properly attached.
  • NO Fordson tractors allowed. (Because of worm gear drive)
  • Anything that falls off a tractor while on the tract will disqualify the tractor.
  • NO: 4-wheel drive tractors, dual rear wheels, tire chains, half tracks, crawler tractors and no implements on tractors.