The 15th Annual Ricebelt Antique Tractor Pull and Show is once again set for Father’s Day weekend Saturday, June 15 at the American Legion grounds, Hwy. 71 South in El Campo.
The event benefits Everyday Heroes in order to provide free transportation for veterans to the VA hospital in Houston.
A family-oriented event, it features antique tractors in four separate divisions pulling a resistance sled. Gates open at 9 a.m. with the pull starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be a $20-hook fee per pull.
Admission is $5. Children eight years old and under get in free. Parking is also free.
Pullers are male and female and range in age from nine to 80 years old, according to Sherry Roddy, event organizer.
Truck pulls will follow the tractor pulls later that afternoon/evening, and new this year are kart races (if rains permitted a track built), coordinated by El Campo Councilman Jeff Allgayer, according to Roddy.
“There will be two youth divisions and an adult division. All karts must have a seatbelt and the driver must have a helmet to be able to compete,” she added.
To classify as “antique” the tractor must be a 1965 model or earlier.
The event also falls on Flag Day and the El Campo Elks Lodge No. 1749 will again be hosting a 15-minute flag ceremony at 11:30 a.m., followed by the parade of tractors at noon.
Show judging begins at 1 p.m. featuring antique static engine and equipment displays, such as combines and cotton pickers as well as early farm day demonstrations— all on pre-1965 machinery and equipment.
“Some equipment has been fully restored and some left as is,” Roddy said.
Kiddie Pedal Pull, sponsored by Gene’s Wrecker Service and NAPA of El Campo, is for children ages three and four years old, five to six and seven to eight year olds who will pedal a tractor pulling a custom made resistance sled.
To register tractors, an engine or equipment contact Morgan Chappell at 979-543-4215 after 5 p.m. or Donnie Roddy 979-637-1540 for more details. Visit Facebook/Everyday Heroes, Inc. for up-to-date details.
Co-coordinaters are Chappell Antique Tractors, D-A-M Services and R & R Printing with assistance from South Texas Wheel Spinners and Crank Twisters Antique Tractor Club.