The noise, smoke and grunt of the loudest contest at Fieldays was again a crowd favourite for Fieldays visitors.
With grandstand seating overlooking the action and plenty of refreshments nearby, the Tractor Pull area was a great place to sit back and enjoy the thrilling competition and friendly rivalry between drivers, all trying to prove their tractor is the toughest and fastest in the land.
If you headed down to the riverside of Fieldays you would catch the contestants battling it out in three different classes, with the final held on Saturday.
Kelvin Lillington took out first place in the Weight Adjusted Class, where tractors are weighted with sledges according to horsepower. It’s was then a race to the finish line with the first to make it 100m winning.
Overall winner of the Weight Transfer went to Michael Austin. Competitors transferred the weight from the wheels to the sledges, increasing drag and making it harder to pull. The competitors then have to work their tractors to keep pulling as long as they can until it would go no further. David Rogers was the winner of the Pre 85 Weight Transfer.
The modified tractors were the real showmen and first place for the Modified Classes went to Brendan Reymer over 4 tonnes, Wally Sinton for both the under 4 tonnes and overall modified.
Also held on Saturday were the finals to the Fieldays Schools Tractor Pull. The Schools Tractor Pull challenged kids to use their combined physical and mental strength to pull the Giltrap AgriZone tractor in a race against the clock for the fastest time.
Te Awamutu Primary School defended their title against Tauwhare, Gordonton and Te Kuiti Primary Schools to be crowned the 2018 Fieldays Tractor Pull winners and received $2,000 prize money for their school.
Second place went to Tauwhare School who walked away with $$750, third place Gordonton School securing $500 and fourth place Te Kuiti Primary getting $250.