Spring pull draws 40 tractors
The Columbia Basin Antique Power Club’s annual spring tractor pull drew 40 tractors from around the state to Quincy last Saturday.
The April 23 pull, held behind the bus garage at Quincy High School, is the first such pull of the year to kick off the unique competition’s season in Washington and Oregon.
Mark Valentine of Royal City, club vice president, said the spring event has been held annually since 2002. A fall event is held during Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day in September.
Club members include not only area folks but also those from as far away as Gray’s Harbor and Whatcom and Lewis counties, Valentine said. “Anyone, anywhere” can participate in the pulls, as long as you have a tractor made in 1959 or earlier, Valentine said.
In the pull, antique tractors pull a heavy sled along a 330-foot long track.
The top local winners at the pull were:
3,000 pounds, 3 mph: Don Weil, third place, 161.82 feet
3,500 pounds, 6 mph: Valentine, second place, 294.31 feet.
4,000 pounds, 6 mph: Scott Hodges, first place, 250.46 feet; Valentine, second place, 242.3. feet
4,500 pounds, 4 mph: Weil, third place, 236.74 feet.
4,500 pounds, 6 mph: Porter Hodges, first place, 276.01 feet.
5,000 pounds, 3 mph: Weil, first place, 187.98 feet.