CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- They were riding John Deeres, Cub Cadets and Kohlers, but riders such as Kyle Adolini, William Gerhart and Jim Kiefer were not cutting grass or pulling little trailers of mulch for flower beds Thursday night at the Franklin County Fair.
Instead, drivers young and not-so-young were trying to coax as much power, torque and traction as possible out of sometimes highly modified garden tractors to pull a 6,500-pound sled. The garden tractor pull attracted scores of riders and their machines in several classes to the fairground arena.
A 12-horsepower Ford with Mark Cessna of Chambersburg at the helm chugged down the dirt track for 105 1/2 feet until its front wheels were airborne and the rear tires were digging ruts.
"First pull," Cessna said when asked how long he had been participating in the sport.
"My oldest son was supposed to do it, but he was at a golf tournament," Cessna said. Another son, 14-year-old Morgan, dragged the sled 109 feet 1 inch on another Ford, besting his father.