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Chapel Hill’s popular pull marks 41st year July 21-22


5/26/2017

 

The New Generation Plus tractor is a heavy pro-stock from Helenville, Wisconsin, driven by Robby Lemke. It is a 4010 John Deere and a former NTPA (National Tractor Pull Association) national champion. The tractor’s engine is 645 cubic inches boasting nearly 3000 horsepower.
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The Lions Superpull of the South Truck and Tractor Pull will be held July 21-22 in Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Chapel Hill Lions Club, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, and Lyons Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, this event has been voted the No. 1 truck and tractor pull in the United States and Canada in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2010!

Some 18,000 to 20,000 people from all over the United States and Canada are expected to attend the gathering that organizers call the “Granddaddy” of truck and tractor pulling. Activities will begin at 7 p.m. each night at the Lions Memorial Sportsplex, located in downtown Chapel Hill.

The first Chapel Hill tractor pull was staged by area farmers who took the tractors they used every day, washed them off, and tinkered with them to obtain a little extra horsepower before competing. The farmers gathered to see who could pull a weighted sled the farthest with the top prize being bragging rights for the whole year. From this meager beginning, the Chapel Hill Lions Club has developed the Superpull into the prestigious spectacle that it is today.

Organizers attribute the event’s success to the Southern hospitality shown by the entire community toward the participants and their families, and to the spectators who travel from far and wide to enjoy this unusual motorsport.

Although the Chapel Hill Lions Club has 102 members and is the second-largest Lions Club in Tennessee, the tractor pull also requires the hard work and dedication of approximately 300 volunteers.

After expenses are paid, 100 percent of the money raised is used by the Chapel Hill Lions Club to fund local and state community projects. More than $100,000 is typically returned to the Chapel Hill, Marshall County, and Middle Tennessee areas from the event. Since it was established in 1976, more than $1 million in donations have been provided to the local economy.

Recipients have included the Chapel Hill Senior Citizens Center, Forrest High School, Chapel Hill Elementary and Middle Schools, the local volunteer fire department, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H club, and many other youth organizations within the community, as well as the Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the International Lions Club eyesight program.

More information about ticket purchase is available at http://www.lionssuperpull.com or by calling (931) 364-2236.

 
 
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