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Sturgeon hosts annual Honor Flight tractor, truck pull

Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6:11 am

Internal combustion ruled Saturday night in Sturgeon.

That is when volunteers held their second annual tractor pull to benefit the Mid-Missouri Honor flight.

More than 50 truck and tractor pullers converged on the city of Sturgeon’s fairgrounds the evening of August 31 along with several hundred fans.

Terry Hagedorn of Thompson tearing down the Sturgeon Fairgrounds track in one of the pulling trucks he has built during the Central Missouri Honor Flight Charity Tractor Pull.

Terry Hagedorn of Thompson tearing down the Sturgeon Fairgrounds track in one of the pulling trucks he has built during the Central Missouri Honor Flight Charity Tractor Pull.

Roaring out of the sunset with a giant United States flag hanging vertically overhead, competitors from as near-by as Hallsville and as far away as Minnesota, drove their heavily customized tractors and trucks down the packed-clay track of the Sturgeon Fairgrounds.

They were there, for the second consecutive year, to raise money for the honor flight.

And, the love of the sport.

This is an all American sport, said Sturgeon’s Stan Robinson, one of the event’s organizers, veteran puller and builder of pulling tractors and trucks.

“We do this for the Honor Flight,” he said Robinson as he stepped aside to make room for one of the many tractors packing the track down between runs. “And this part of the country has always been tractor-pull oriented and we’ve got a great facility her to have a pull on.”

Besides the love of high-torquing motors and the machines they power, Robinson said people were attracted to the sport, as competitors and spectators, because of the friendships, the camaraderie, the friendships.

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