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July 8, 2014 • Sports

Green Hair and All, Anthony Mahoney opened the Friday night Battle of the Bluegrass Pulls at
the Ripley County Fairgrounds with a victory in the 11,000# Farm Tractor Class at 323.72'.

Til The Money Runs Out, the 570 Cockshutt operated by Scott Thomas, posted a 315.84' pulled to top second place by 1.77'.
Several spectators just kick back and enjoy friends, the weather and the Friday night show at
the Battle of the Bluegrass Pull at the Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood
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Among the entertainment at the annual Southeastern Indiana F.A.R.M. Show held in Osgood at the Ripley County Fairgrounds were the diesel truck, tractor and semi pulls sponsored this year by The Howes Lube/Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series (BOB Series).

The 2014 F.A.R.M. Show opened displays on Thursday and ran through Sunday afternoon, June 26-29, with the well attended truck and tractor pulls held on Friday and Saturday evenings. Billows of black smoke filled the air at times, while at other times the vehicle dragging the sled moved with such speed the smoke couldn’t even catch up. The 7 p.m. start was delayed by a half an hour, as some of the competitors en route were detained by storms. Once underway, the crowd on hand found a solid three hours of wind ’em and blow ’em out action in front of the grandstands and pit. A massive crowd showed up for the Saturday night festivities, as NBC Sports was on hand. The addition of semi pulls and even hotter and higher horsepower dragging the sled down the track made it all the more exciting. For Saturday night’s events, there was standing room only in the grandstands. The competitors gave the crowd a full five hours of entertainment.

Reaching far and wide, one trucker pulling a livestock trailer from Iowa stopped by in time to drop his trailer and hook up to the sled to see what he could do with the 60,000 pound drag. One of the regulars to appear and perform well over the weekend was a loud and proud to be Red Group from neighboring Scottsburg, the Thomas brothers and family, with their bright shiny IH. A very popular beast of a piece of equipment called Wive’s Competition. The Thomas’ have been doing well in the BOB Series so far this season and continued to fill the bill with their Osgood performance. Thomas brother Laramy handled the 10,000 lb Hot Farm Tractor track performance on Friday night with brother Levi piloting the ship home during the Saturday night competitions.

Though the listings do not show from what state the entries came from, many were from neighboring Kentucky as one might expect being a Kentucky based Pull Series. Among many rivalry competitions of note, one on Friday evening was between Light Limited Super Stock exhibitors Scott Thomas (unrelated to the other Thomas family spoken of earlier) on his Cockshutt called Til the Money Runs Out pulling to a distance of 315.84 against a Case IH operated by Jerry Sipes called Family Driven to a distance of 314.07. Saturday night’s pull found Sipes outpulling Thomas 293.10 to 287.19 so their battle wages on for sure.

100th's of an inch count

Rising Sun puller Doug Monroe pulled his 2.5 Dodge Diesel to a third place finish @ 299.21 in Friday night action, only bested by pulls of 299.58 and 299.57. Monroe’s Saturday pull merited an eighth place finish as Cody Hardesty pulled his Bad for Business Dodge to first place with a near full pull of 306.472. The lawn care businessman from Kentucky spent the night and Saturday morning replacing the rear end from an on-the-track mishap in Friday night competition pulling just 88'

The event was sponsored locally by Southeastern Indiana REMC and Ripley County Tourism, and many thanks were sent across the airwaves to the Ripley County Highway Department and the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department as well, for services rendered.

Results of the competitors entry and finish from the two night event in Osgood are listed in today's Osgood Journal. Upon scanning down through the nightly score sheets, one can see the minimal distance differences measured out to determine victory or the gut wrenching feeling of going down in defeat, often accompanied by a major expense for repairs required to continue.

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• Learn more about the F.A.R.M. Club and BOB Pulling Series
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