Garden tractor pull finishes off season for BRAF&P Club

Mike Ottobre (left) and his brother, Joe Ottobre, load up the sled pulled by competitors in the Big Rapids Antique Farm and Power Club garden tractor pull on Saturday. Despite a smaller turnout than usual, members of the club said they enjoyed watching the pulls. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

BIG RAPIDS — Dust flew and engines revved on Saturday as the Big Rapids Antique Farm and Power Club rounded out the season with the garden tractor pull.

Despite a lower turnout than usual, members of the club enjoyed a day of excitement as they watched drivers compete in two classes.

“We had kind of a small turnout today, but it was still fun to come out and watch what was here,” said Joe Ottobre, a spectator of the pulls.

John Stenberg, pull coordinator, said although there are usually around 20 competitors in the garden tractor pulls, due to other events and activities in the area, fewer participants were in attendance on Saturday.

“We had a good time today, even with the small turnout,” Stenberg said.

Mike Ottobre, a member of the club, said part of the goal of the garden tractor pull each year is to encourage youth in the area to get involved.

“We just have fun doing the pulls all the time, and we try to get the younger generation into it,” he said. “Keep it alive.”

Stenberg explained the garden tractor pull is the final event for the season and helps raise funds for the club. He added the proceeds will go toward improving the grounds and track for next year.

In addition to the garden tractor pull, the club also holds a swap meet in the spring to try to bring in more members and a large tractor show in July, Stenberg said.

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Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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