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Antique tractor pull in Onaway Sunday

September 14, 2012
Jordan Travis - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ONAWAY - On Sunday, spectators can watch antique tractor aficionados test the might of their machines at the Tip of the Mitt Antique Tractor Pull.

Starting at 12 p.m., drivers of the farm workhorses will see how far their tractor can pull a weighted sled, Don Dittmar, Tip of the Mitt Antique Tractor Association trustee, said. As the tractors pull the sled, a weight transfer machine makes it progressively harder to move. Tractors are organized into different weight classes, with heavier machines pulling more weight.

The pull will be at the association show grounds, north of Onaway at the intersection of M-211 and Twin School Highway. Admission is $3, or free for children age 12 and younger, Dittmar said.

The association's fall pull is one of four held annually, and this will be its 12th year.

"A lot of times you restore a tractor and you don't get to work it a whole lot," Dittmar said. "We've got some guys who live in the city, and they don't have the room or farm to use a tractor. This is a chance to come out, have a good time, a chance to use it a little bit."

Attendees are welcome to step into the pits to speak to the tractor drivers and see the machines up close, Dittmar said.

Fact Box

What: Tip of the Mitt Antique Tractor Pull

When: Sunday at 12 p.m. (rain date is Sept. 23)

Where: M-211 and Twin School Highway, north of Onaway

Admission is $3; free for children ages 12 and under.

As many as 150 people have gathered to watch the pull in past years, and the event typically draws 40 to 50 tractors, Dittmar said. The machines range in vintage from the 1940s to 1965.

Food, pop and snacks will be sold at the show grounds.

Anyone with a tractor dating from 1970 or older can participate for a fee. For association members, the cost is $5 per hook, while non-members pay $10 per hook. A year-long association membership costs $20. Weigh-in begins at 10 a.m., and no pre-registration is required.

"We don't have any qualifications, just 'if it runs, bring it,'" Dittmar said.

The weather forecast for Sunday (70 degrees and sunny) looked good for a pull, he said Friday evening. If it rains the event will be postponed to Sept. 23, according to the association website.

"It's a good time, good people, we don't have any arguments or anything, and good food," he said. "It's all-around, outside having fun doing something, not out parked in front of the TV."

For more information, contact Dittmar at 733-8853, or visit

Jordan Travis can be reached via email at or by phone at 358-5688.



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