Fair crowds attend 2 nights of tractor pulls

By Grant Egger – [email protected]

Jim Weers and his Top Gun machine capped the Nebraska Push Pullers portion of Tuesday’s Golden Harvest Tractor Pull with victory at Washington County Fairgrounds.
“Being the last hook, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad,” said driver Diller. “It worked this time.”
The tractors worked through the night after his win, pulling a sled past a county fair crowd for the second night in a row. Monday C&C Complete and VSE Antique Tractor & Pickup Pull preceded the events of Tuesday’s Golden Harvest event.
” The power. Speed. The smoke,” Arlington driver Max Greunke said when asked what draws people to the main arena at the fairgrounds. “It’s even hot outside and everyone is still outside.”
Weers thinks people from farming communities are particularly interested in his sport. They drive their own tractors every day to do their job.
“They can connect to it just as well as anyone,” he said.
Competition can also be addictive.
“It’s an adrenaline rush, you know?” Greunke said. “A lot of money, a lot of time put into it and you just hope nothing breaks, but my hands are numb right now. It’s just an adrenaline rush.
Arlington pilot Lee Petersen and Blair’s Marty Gieselmann, meanwhile, have been friends for a long time. The Washington County Fair Tractor Pull is always worth their time and effort.
“It’s just a lot of fun,” Gieselmann noted.
The setting and the people in Arlington for the event make all the difference.
“Hard to beat,” he said.