The History of Tractor Pulling

Tractor Pulling RacesHorses First

At the very beginning, tractor pulling didn’t actually involve tractors at all. In the 1860s, horses were used to pull many of the machines used on farms, and farmers would often brag about how strong their horses were. To settle arguments, the farmers would take a barn door, lay it flat on the ground, attach their horses to it, and then see how many people the horse could pull as they piled onto the door. It was a test of a horse’s strength, and before long, there were entire events that featured horses pulling these barn doors around.

Here Come the Tractors

Eventually, tractors were invented in the early 1900s, and the first tractor pulling events were held. Rather than relying on horses to pull heavy items around, people started using their tractors to do it. They would see how strong their tractors really were by attaching them to heavy items and pulling them, which led to the first tractor pulling events. It took a few decades to catch on, but by the 1950s and 1960s, tractor pulling took on a life of its own and those in different states across the country challenged one another to tractor pulls.

Organized Tractor Pulling

The National Tractor Pullers Association was later created in 1969 with representatives from eight states, including Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The NTPA created a standard set of rules for tractor pulls and worked to make them safer and more competitive overall. Tractor pulling continues to be a really big deal in certain segments of the country, and it has kept evolving over time. Today’s tractors can pull ridiculously large amounts of weight and attract large crowds looking to be amazed by the tractors.

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