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Truck and tractors gear up for County Fair

Annual event has been going strong for 38 years.

Trucks and tractors of all shapes and sizes will rev their engines and roar down the track Oct. 5 and 6 at the San Benito County Fair.

“The community looks forward to attending the truck and tractor pulls every year at their hometown,” said Susan Calleri, whose family has participated in the truck pulls every year since its inception at the fair in 1980.

“The crowds loves it when a truck or tractor makes a full pull of 300 feet or when someone breaks and has to be towed off the track,” said Calleri.

On Friday evening, fair-goers can watch as diesel trucks and tractors pull for distance.

During the event, truck and tractors pull a weighted sled down a dirt track. The weight moves toward the front of the sled as the vehicle pulls it down the track, making it more difficult to pull. Where the truck stops is how far the pull is measured. The goal is to get as close as possible to a full pull of 300 feet.

Participating trucks are weighed prior to the start of the event to determine what class and/or division they will be in.

The gas and alcohol truck and tractor super pull is set for Saturday at the fair.

“These powerful trucks and tractors put on a fantastic show,” Calleri said.

Truck pulling is a Calleri family hobby, from building their own trucks to traveling to local or out-of-state events to pull. Each truck and tractor has a unique name, usually a special meaning, and is beautifully painted.

The pulls started back in 1980 when several friends decided to get together and put one on at the San Benito County Fair. There weren’t any tractors that first year, but there was a miniature sled for three-wheeler ATVs to pull.

“The Fair has held the truck pulls for the last 38 years,” Calleri said. “It’s a great way for families to spend time together.”

Other attractions include Metal Mulisha Freestyle Motocross and Quad Wars. This year the Motorized Sports are presented by WGAS Motorsports.

The event charges an additional fee at the Grandstand entrance.

Motorized Sports events take place Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Grandstands at the Bolado Park Event Center.



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Blaire Strohn (bstrohn)

Blaire Strohn is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University focusing on International Agriculture. Blaire also graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Communications. Born and raised on a cow/calf operation ranch in Paicines, she is passionate about the agriculture community and western way of life.

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