SANDOWN — Crowds are expected for this year’s 17th annual Antique Tractor Pull on Odell Road.
The privately run motorsport event draws about 100-120 tractors each year to test their ability to pull large weights.
The weekend begins Friday with a stoneboat pull for antique tractors from 1965 and before. Saturday and Sunday are dedicated to the pulling of a transfer sled — a large, weighted sled that becomes heavier the more it’s pulled.
“They pull a machine that gets aggressively heavier and the trick of it is who can pull it the furthest,” said Roger Creighton, one of the organizers of the tractor full.
Trophies will be awarded to the winners.
The event has 10 different weight categories, ranging from, very small, light tractors at 2,600 pounds, to the largest tractors weighing 10,000 pounds. Within each weight class, there are also three different divisions: 3.5 mph non-altered tire division, 6.0 mph any cut tire division and the 12.0 mph any cut tire division.
“We get a big array of tractors, all the way from small tractors that used to work very small farms to tractors that worked 400 to 500 acre farms,” said Creighton.
Creighton said last year’s pull brought in tractors not only from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, but from Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maine, and more.
Some of those who travel far distances camp for free on the 75 acres of land where the tractor pull takes place.
Spectators are welcome to watch the competition, with free admission and free parking. A concession stand will also be open, selling food and drinks.
In years past, Creighton said the Sandown Police Department has been the vendor serving food, but unfortunately this year the event conflicted with another commitment the department had made. An outside vendor will be catering to the event.
About 150 to 200 people are expected to join in…