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BG is place to be for tractor pull enthusiasts

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's been a roaring, smoky weekend in Bowling Green.

The NFL has the Super Bowl.

NASCAR has the Daytona 500.

For decades, BG. has hosted the National Tractor Pulling Championships.

65,000 fans came to watch the big boys and a few girls throw their weight around.

When pullers go the full 300 feet on the dusty, dirt track, the announcer yells 'full pull.'

"Lots of people, everybody's into it" says fan Chris O'Connor.

This motorsport has its roots down on the farm before there were tractors.

"It was simply farmers saying 'My horse is stronger than yours. Prove it,' said Terry Andryk of the National Tractor Pulling Association, "and they would have contests on which horse could pull the most."

Matt Clemons is a puller from Wakeman, Ohio.

His green rig is called 'Alter Ego.'

Matt works for an environmental company but manages to compete in 35 pulls a year.

"I don't do it for a living. It's mostly for fun. We spend about as many hours doing this as we do on our job," said Matt.

Out on the track, it's John Deere versus Massey Ferguson versus International Harvester.

"Well, I like loud noises and watching stuff get pulled, having a good time and everything," said pull fan Pat Hendricks.

Bill Piper agreed.

"It's exciting. Big engines. Big motors. Lots of technology at play," said Bill.

And every August, all you have to do is come to the Wood County Fairgrounds to see, hear and smell why Bowling Green's nickname is 'Pulltown.'

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