Super Pull of the South starts Friday

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CHAPEL HILL -- It's tractor and truck pulling time in Chapel Hill.

That's according to Lions Club members who are roaring here in North Marshall County.

The Lions Super Pull of the South Truck and Tractor Pull, held each year in Chapel Hill, is recognized as attracting the largest single audience for a sporting event in Marshall County.

The number of people in Chapel Hill is expected to grow from 1,445 "to nearly 20,000 as folks from all over the United States and Canada converge for the 'Granddaddy' of truck and tractor pulling," Tractor Pull committeeman Tommy Howell said Tuesday.

The two-day sporting event is Friday and Saturday at the Lions Memorial Sports Complex, next to Forrest High School. The event will start at 7 p.m. each night.

"The thing that folks like in this area are the four-wheel drive trucks because everybody has one around here," Howell said. "That brings out the Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge rivalry."

"And then the superstock tractors are a favorite of the fans," he said. A superstock tractor "looks like a fancy farm tractor that you see out in the field, the only thing that is like that is the looks. Everything under the hood is different."

Furthermore, these vehicles are loud.

"Depending on which way the wind is blowing you sure can" hear it all the way to Laws Hill," the Tractor Pull committee member said, agreeing that the event is louder than Daytona or a Boeing 747.

Meanwhile, The Lions Super Pull of the South Truck And Tractor Pull has been voted the No. 1 truck and tractor pull in the United States and Canada for the years 1988, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008 by the National Tractor Pullers Association.

"There's a circuit like NASCAR does, and this is the same thing," Howell said. "Throughout the season and at the end of it, members of the Tractor Pullers Association vote on what is the Pull of the Year. It's not only fans, but also the pullers."

The Chapel Hill Lions Club's Super Pull has received the award many other times in the 35-year history of the event, Howell said.

Southern hospitality shown by the entire community is recognized as a significant reason for the success of this event, several Lions said.

Their club is the sponsoring organization, but the entire community contributes to make this event successful.

Another reason for the popularity of the event is that all of the money raised, after expenses, is used by the Chapel Hill Lions Club to fund local and state community projects. In other words, the money is returned to the community and those who are in need.