Kids pull with pedal power

August 12, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Little tykes pulled little tractors and a lot of weight at the Kiddie Pedal Pull Saturday afternoon during the last day of events at the Berkeley County Youth Fair.

Luke Jones, 3, struggled mightily to pedal a small green tractor carrying a sled and 10 pounds of weight across the stage.

"I like John Deere and that was hard to push and that was fun," Luke said excitedly as he threw his arms in the air.

Luke's friend, Dylan Painter, wearing a John Deere shirt and small work boots, had pedaled halfway across the stage to much applause. Dylan also confessed to liking John Deere.


"He's all about the tractor," said Dylan's mother, Chanell Cain, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

One brother and sister team practiced for Saturday's event at the Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds off Golf Course Road.

He put rocks in one of his wagons and practiced going up and down his driveway, Bradley Chrisman said.

Bradley tied for first place in the 7-8-year-old category with Taylor Silkworth and had to compete again in a "pull-off."

Taylor took first after 50 pounds of weight was added to the sled and both children took a shot at pedaling all the way across the stage.

Bradley's younger sister, Rebekah, took home the first-place trophy in the 4-year-old category. Rebekah wore a pink John Deere shirt and pink boots with her blonde hair pulled back in pigtails as she pedaled almost all the way across the stage Saturday afternoon.

"We came here today to pull it," Rebekah said after she collected her gold tractor trophy.

The sled attached to the pedal tractor weighed 150 pounds, according to Mike Miller, organizer of the event. The 4-year-olds pulled an additional 10 pounds, the 5-and-6-year-olds pulled an extra 40 pounds, the 7-8-year-olds pulled an extra 175 pounds and the older kids pulled another 265 pounds, he said.

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