The tractor motors will be revving this Apple Blossom Festival weekend.
The Northville Farm Heritage Centre traditionally hosts tractor pulls twice a year, once in the spring - always on the same weekend as the Apple Blossom Festival - and again in the early fall.
“This is our seventh year,” says NFHC director Jos VanOostrum. “The tractor pulls are our major fundraisers every year.”
For the sixth year, the event is being billed as an Antique Tractor Pull and Show, complete with a full canteen and free parking. Admission is $5 for adults, with children 12 and under admitted free.
The event usually “draws a good crowd,” said VanOostrum, in addition to lots of participants.
In the past, the pull held on the Apple Blossom weekend has been the larger of the two held during the year.
“We usually average 35 to 40 competitors in any given year,” VanOostrum said.
Many participants pull in three or four different classes, altering their weight by putting more weight on the tractor.
Some tractor pull organizers don’t allow that practice, but as VanOostrum points out, “we’re not as strict as some. We try to make this a fun event, both for the competitors and for the spectators.”
He added, “you can only get participants (to come year after year) if they’re having fun. None of us are in it for the money.”
The tractor pulls are scheduled for June 1.
“We start at 10 a.m. and run until it’s over, which is usually somewhere between 4 and 6 p.m. depending on the number of participants,” he said. “We usually get a lot of people who also attend the chicken barbecue in Woodville.”
VanOostrum said the organizers are hoping for good weather on that day, but if not, a rain date has been set on June 7.
“We haven’t usually had to postpone. We keep the track in pretty good shape,” he said.