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Tractor pull at Ogle County Fair offered plenty of action

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 12:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 12:25 p.m. CDT
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Bill Clothier, Polo, rides his International down his lane Thursday afternoon in the afternoon tractor pull at the Ogle County Fair. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Alex Leffleman, Sublette, pulls the Magnum sled in the 12,500 pound class Thursday afternoon during the afternoon tractor pull at the Ogle County Fair. PHoto by Chris Johnson

Black smoke, bouncing front tires, and loud engines were found at the Ogle County Fair Thursday afternoon.

These were coming from a variety of tractors being driven in the annual tractor pulls at the Ogle County Fair.

Local resident Bill Clothier, Polo, was competing in the afternoon tractor pull.

He brought his Farmall 1466 Turbo to the line and went down the track in the 12,500 pound division.

When the flag was waived to end his run, Clothier finished with a 313 foot pull. Two feet short of a full pull.

"I just missed the pull off," said Clothier after missing the full pull. "I was close today but I am in the hunt. Other tractors have 200 hp more than this one."

Clothier used to compete in the antique tractor pull and decided to try the larger show.

He attended two tractor pulls this year. Leaf River Summer Daze the the fair.

"I like to stay close to home," Clothier said. "You meet good friendly people. It makes it fun. It is 99 percent fun completing in tractor pulls."

The other percent is heavy lifting.

After the 12,500 pound pull Clothier had to get ready for the 14,500 pound class.

"The weights on the wheel are 75 pounds per pair," he said. "The weights on the front are 100 pound or light 67 pound weights."

He had to get the tractor ready for the 14,500 pound class and he was adding weights to ensure his tractor would be approved when going over the scale.

"It is a busy day to get everything done on time," he said.

Clothier enjoys knowing he is competitive with his tractor and sometimes just misses a top finish.

"You never know," he said. "Any tractor can win."

The fair continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Big Hat Rodeo returns to the grandstand on Friday evening.

Admission to the rodeo is $10.

Bone crunching twisted metal will be heard and seen during the annual demolition derby on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 or a pit pass is available for $20.

All these events also require paid fair admission which is $8 per person. The daily gate admission includes unlimited carnival rides.

The fair board made the decision a few years ago to include fair rides in the admission fee to simplify the cost structure of the fair.

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