Most of the competitors are families who work together on their vehicles, with one or more family members performing mechanic duties and one serving as the driver in the competitions. Yes, they become attached to their work too; they each give their vehicle its own meaningful, frequently humorous, name.

Vehicles can become expensive hobbies. Sponsorship, though hard to come by, can help a lucky few pay some of the bills that come along with the powerful machines. But sponsorships don’t begin to cover all of the costs. All those tweaks and modifications here and there, such as a different type of oil or more new parts, add up. In spite of the costs involved, pullers emphasize that the tractor-pulling bug bites hard and deep.

For more information about the pull and to see a schedule with 2011 driver information, visit www.farmmachineryshow.org.