Arlington tractor pull to benefit youth sports

2011-06-14T10:57:00Z Arlington tractor pull to benefit youth sportsBy Brent Wasenius / Managing-Sports Editor Fremont Tribune

ARLINGTON - After a year hiatus, a tractor pull benefiting Arlington Youth Sports and featuring the Bush Pullers is scheduled for June 25 at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

The event was canceled last year due to wet grounds, but organizers are hopeful Mother Nature will cooperate in 2011.

"This is one of the first events for the Bush Pullers," said Randy Dunklau, one of the chairmen for event. "They like (competing) here and like the track. We are centrally located for them and that helps draw people from western Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri."

The event, started in 2005, traditionally draws a crowd of about 1,200 fans with competitors from Nebraska and neighboring states. Dunklau and his brother, Tim, will be among the area men competing.

"It is our biggest fundraiser of the year for Arlington Youth Sports," said Jeff Hallstrom, one of the event organizers. "It has been very successful for us. There are a lot of meetings and behind-the-scenes work done in order for us to get ready."

Adult and youth volunteers help make the event run smoothly, Hallstrom said. Money raised helps with the activities of AYS, including baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball football and wrestling.

"We use the money to help with the maintenance and operation of the Two Rivers Bank Baseball/Softball Complex," Hallstrom said. "We purchase equipment and insurance and we try to keep the participation fees as low as we can. The money raised helps to subsidize those sports."

Hallstrom said last year's cancellation was unfortunate, but he was appreciative of the generosity of the event sponsors.

"We were lucky," he said. "We offered to return the money to the corporate sponsors, but they virtually all said to keep it. They know it is for the kids. I was super impressed and appreciative that the sponsors did that. Our biggest loss was the gate and concession, but the businesses stepped up and cushioned the blow."

Dunklau agrees.

"We owe them a big thank you," he said. "They helped with this event and they are all on board again this year. They are the ones that make it possible."

Hallstrom also is thankful for the cooperation of the Washington County Fair Board.

"They allows us to have it every year," he said. "They have been very gracious about it."

Dunklau expects a fun event.

"Since the last time they were here they've changed their classes around," said Dunklau, noting that Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League is a sponsor this year of the Bush Pullers. "I think it will be a better show and there will be a variety of tractors in town."

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. start. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

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