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Area youths compete in tractor pull

August 27, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY

If Sarah Orendi thought pulling 900 pounds with her Sears lawn tractor was hard, she soon found out it was easier than waiting to see if her 181 foot, 6 inch record would hold up to the end of the competition.

After she completed her run, Sarah first joined her family in the bleachers at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. But as the event wore on, she wandered back down to the track to nervously await the results.

When it was all over, her pull held up - to the delight of the 8-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., girl - during the opening event Friday night in the three-day Washington County Antique Tractor & Craft Show.

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"When I was 5, I saw my first tractor pull and it looked like fun," Sarah said. Too young to compete at that age, Sarah finally got behind the wheel at the recent Berkeley County (W.Va.) Youth Fair.

"I got eighth place there and it was great," Sarah said.

A fourth-grader at Eagle Intermediate School in Martinsburg, Sarah was accompanied to the competition Friday by her grandparents, Susan and Fred Householder of Williamsport.

"We're really proud of her," Susan Householder said as she snapped picture after picture of the winner on her tractor.

The competitors in the various weight classes Friday night outnumbered the spectators as the skies at first threatened rain and then delivered some raindrops in the early evening.

Doreen Yost and her husband, Richard, came from their home in Keedysville to support their young neighbor, Austin Shaffer, 5, who competed in the 900-pound category.

"We promised we'd come watch him drive," Doreen Yost said, noting that she hadn't been to a tractor pull since her younger days in Montgomery County.

Although Janet Hose of Hagerstown said her children now are grown and not competing anymore, she still enjoys coming to tractor pulls.

"It's nice, clean entertainment," Hose said. "We are still a rural community."

Throughout the rest of the weekend event, there will be antique tractors on display at the center. Demonstrations also are planned and each day, there will be a mid-afternoon parade of tractors.

The event, which is sponsored by the Washington County Antique Tractor Club, raises money for a $500 scholarship the club awards to someone who lives in Washington County or nearby and is pursuing an agriculture-related college course.




If you go


What: 13th annual Washington County Antique Tractor & Craft Show

When: Today and Sunday, doors open at 9 a.m.

Where: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65), south of Hagerstown

Today's events include Spud Fest at 10 a.m., kids' games at 1 p.m., parade of tractors at 3 p.m. and antique tractor pull at 4 p.m.

Sunday's events include a kids' pedal tractor race at 1 p.m., parade of tractors at 2 p.m. and bake auction at 3 p.m.

Free admission, food available for sale.

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