Tractor Pulls Returning to Bethany

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Sarah Sobanski

The roar of tractor engines will sound at the Bethany Park this Saturday (Aug. 15).

Bethany’s Lawn Tractor Pulls are returning to the park for the first time since 2011, with a special twist – new entry classes for antique tractors. Big name sponsors like Molson Canadian and Coors, John Deer and Crayola, with surprise sponsors to be revealed on that day, have been pulled in for the event. There will be free bouncy-castles and children’s activities with plenty of prizes to go around for everyone thanks to local business sponsors.

“Come join our community, family fun,” says Bethany Athletic Society President Krystal DaSilva. “That’s all it is, a big hoe down.”

After breakfast, Marshall Mac will be serving pulled pork smoked over apple wood in a hand built smoker resembling a train. DaSilva jokes that at the end of the pulls, Mac might just hook up his smoker and see how it stands against the Executioner Sled Team.

One of Bethany’s exciting adult dances will take place at the end of the day from 8pm to 1am -the pavilion is now fully licensed to serve alcohol as opposed to a special occasions permit – with a live DJ.

Having been somewhat dormant over the last few years, the Bethany Athletics Society (BAS) is making a comeback and working hard to remain a pillar of the community under DaSilva. Raising money through car washes, bottle drives and with local sponsors, the park has undergone a freshening up, including a fresh coat of paint contributed to by local children, reorganization and it all comes with a bright, enthusiastic attitude. The Society has been around since 1908 and is looking for future volunteers in order to remain active and keep community events like the Bethany May Day Weekend Fair alive and well.

Entry fee is free, but to encourage community support, donations of $5 per family or group and $2 for individuals are welcomed and appreciated. Tractor registration is $5 and opens 9 a.m. and closes at 10:30 a.m. The pulls begin at 11 a.m.

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