Tractor Pull Chairman Chris Gilbert, who has been a part of all 36 Super Pulls said, "Things went great this weekend, it was an exciting time and we had big crowds both nights. We had little rain delay Saturday night, but we covered the track and once the showers went away, we got right back to pulling and things went fantastic."
Gilbert indicated that the estimated gross income from the Super Pull would be between $350,000 and $400,000.
"It's great," said Gilbert. "We know people from all over the United States now because of our involvement with it. We go to pulls in lots of different places and we know the pullers, their wives and kids and it just like a family reunion type thing. It's just great to have them come here and tell other people about the hospitality here."
There were also several pulling teams that showed up from Tennessee and our surrounding states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Georgia.
Foster said after his run, "I am going to count this as a win in my books to get second place out of 19 trucks and only by six inches. I really appreciate the Lions Club for letting us come over here to run. I just graduated from MTSU back in May and a bunch of my friends and my family were here watching me, so it really feels good."
Petro, from Camden, Ohio, would take first place on both nights in the 6,200 lb. Modified Two-Wheel Drive Division.
The Super Pull of the South is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Chapel Hill Lions Club and is run by an all-volunteer staff that works year round to make the event a perpetual success.
Gilbert said about the volunteerism, "We have to have people from all over helping. We have other Lions Clubs that come in and help, we have our members, their wives and kids, people from both schools, the teachers, the principals, and the ball teams and coaches that come in and help. The volunteer fire department, the ambulance service, the sheriff's department, it is truly a community, county effort."
All of the proceeds from the event, after expenses, are used for the various community projects sponsored by the Lions Club that include locally donated funds to the Forrest School and Chapel Hill Elementary libraries, the Forrest School Band, Forrest School Boys and Girls State, the Boy Scouts of America, and to help maintain the sports fields.
"It's about the kids," said Gilbert. "It is strictly just a great community effort and we are always willing to do what we can and we try to help everyone we can help, especially here in Marshall County."
In regional efforts, the Lions Club supports the Special Olympics of Marshall County, the Marshall County Education Foundation, the Marshall County Child Development Center, the Columbia State Community College Foundation, and the Imagination Library.
The Lions Club also supports the Tour de Cure Bicycle Race that benefits the American Diabetes Foundation and the Kidsight Outreach Program at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University.
"The main thing we do is the sight program, we give about $20,000 a year to the Kidsight program," said Gilbert.
The planning is already underway for next year and Gilbert indicated that it is a 52-week effort to pull it off.
"We are already planning for next year and talking to sponsors," said Gilbert. "We all try to get back together as soon as it is over and try to fix what went wrong and keep the things that went well.
"It's a full time job," said Gilbert. "But, I think everyone went away happy this year."
For complete results from the Super Pull of the South, go to www.ntpapull.com and click on Results-Standings, and follow the links to Chapel Hill.