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For those without an agricultural background, tractor pulls may seem like a puzzling concept. However, based on the spectators at the Lebanon Area Fair’s tractor pull Wednesday, it is a competition enjoyed by many.

During any given tractor pull, tractors and trucks – divided into classes based on weight and model – cross a 100-meter track, pulling increasingly heavy weights as far as they can muster.

Tractor pulls test not only the strength of a tractor but also the skill of its operator. Speed, tire pressure, and even path down the track can affect the final score; as well as knowing when to stop, since pushing a tractor too far can render it unusable.

Typical signs of a tractor pull are the revving of engines and smoke billowing from the engine: the result of a vehicle pushed to its limit as it strives for a “full pull,” or reaching the end of the marked track.

Beast of the East Truck & Tractor Pull, unaffiliated with this pull, occasionally holds other pulls at the Expo Center, with the next one taking place Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

There are still a few track events at this year’s Lebanon Area Fair, including the Demolition Derby on Saturday night. Find all the details here.

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Emily Bixler

Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.