Participants give their all at tractor, lawnmower and ATV pull in Russell
RUSSELL – After most of the weekend’s events had wound down, the rain held off and Russell had its annual tractor, lawnmower and ATV pull Sunday afternoon. Spectators lined the old lumberyard lot that had a dirt track installed for the event.
There was one tractor that stood out at the event, owned and built by Dan Jerzak of Ivanhoe.
“It’s an International F12 frame with a V8 engine from an International Scout,” Jerzak said. The custom tractor has a blue gas tank covered in stars and red and white stripes along the body.
“I painted it red, white and blue because when I built it, I had two boys in the service,” Jerzak said.
Parker McNeil, 12, of Marshall, was also participating in the tractor pull with the help of his grandfather, Del Anderson of Garvin. He said that he is usually one of the youngest contestants at these kinds of events.
“My grandpa did, and I thought it looked like fun,” McNeil said of how he became interested in the sport.
“I really like the open class,” McNeil said, “but I’m driving a stock 1955 Oliver Super 66 today.”
Megan Williams, 19, of Russell remembers being a part of the event ever since she was old enough to participate.
“My grandpa’s dad had tractors, and we just decided to start pulling. It’s a family thing,” Williams said. She drove a McCormick H in the tractor pull and a Ranger in the ATV pull.
“I was up against a hard class in the ATV pulls,” Williams said. “But I’m just focusing on if I beat my brother or my dad. That’s the competition that matters to us.”