After a roughly two decade absence, a National Truck and Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA)/Biodiesel tractor pull will return to the Watonwan County Fair this July.

Presented by NTPA/Biodiesel and the United Pullers of Minnesota, the pull will feature 40+ trucks in five classes, said Dean Karau, a member of the fair board who led the effort to bring back the event. The pull will be at 7 p.m. July 16.

“If it works out, it’ll be an annual event,” he added. Working out means solid spectator support and making money--or, at the very least, breaking even. His goal is to have 1,500-2,000 people attending. Tickets are $10, and only $5 for those 12 and under. This is also the grandstand’s 50th anniversary.

The cost was what drove out the tractor pull to begin with, but he’s sanguine that--with him promoting the event and procuring sponsors--this reincarnation will be a success. A member of the NTPA himself, Karau has been able to establish connections with other members; only NTRA members are eligible to compete in this pull.

Though he’s already managed multiple sponsors, he’s still hoping for more. The five classes of vehicles competing July 16 will be: diesel pickups, super farm tractors, pro farm tractors, semi-diesels, and super stack 4-wheel drive pickups.

For the rest of this story, please see the June 19 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.