Pushin’ and pullin’ with their might


By Melanie Yingst - myingst@troydailynews.com



Mike Ullery | Daily Call Christopher Whitehead, 4, of Piqua, makes his way down the track at the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair as pulling association member Pete Dietrich, right, urges him on.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Christopher Whitehead, 4, of Piqua, makes his way down the track at the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair as pulling association member Pete Dietrich, right, urges him on.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Zoey Howell, 3, of Fletcher says, “I got this,” as she pedals her way down the track at the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Elizabeth Robbins, 3, of Troy strains at the peddles during the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Autumn Crim, 3, of Huber Heights, receives her trophy for winning the three-year-old division of the Kiddie Tractor Pull from Miami County Fair Queen Abigail Hissong in front of the grandstand on Monday.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Blake McGuffey, 4, of West Milton crosses the full-pull line as Miami County Fair Queen Abigail Hissong, left, and a representative of Kiddie Tractor Pulling sponsor Unity Bank look on.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Remington Selvidge, 3, of New Carlisle works hard to place in the three-year-old division of the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday.


MIAMI COUNTY — They may be small, but they are mighty, as the Miami County Fair held its mini-tractor pull at the stadium for the youngest patrons on Monday.

The National Kiddie Tractor Pull Association let the little ones take over the wheel as they hauled their sleds down to finish line in front of family and friends.

Autumn Crim, 3, of Huber Heights, had the full pull with 100 pounds behind her to win the 3-year-old division.

“I like to ride the tractors,” she said. Crim’s mother Jennifer said she participated in Kiddie Pulls when she was young.

“It’s just what I did when I was little,” she said.

Grant Eidemiller of Fletcher took the prize for the 4-year-old division. Eidemiller said he likes both red and green-colored tractors and shared his strategy to win his division.

“I just went really fast, but then my back wheels got heavy, but I almost made it all the way,” he shared. Grant came to the pulls with his mom, Nicole, and his sister, Beckah Eidemiller.

Lee Bennett didn’t waste anytime hauling his sled to the finish line.

Bennett, 5, of St. Paris, said it was his first time at the pulls with his dad, Terry Jr., and Alyse.

Kael Black, 6, of Piqua burned off some energy on Monday with 250 pounds of weight behind him.

“I just like burning off my energy,” Black said. Black also participated in the chicken scramble on Tuesday, while also showing a pig and beef feeder. “Showing my cow,” is his favorite thing to do at the fair.

Wesley Middleton from Fairlawn grabbed the trophy for the 7-year-olds.

“Middleton said he like to go to kiddie pulls at different fairs. His strategy to win was “just keep going straight and start out fast.”

Lee Morrow took home a piece of hardware, winning the 8-year-old division with a full 250-pound pull. Morrow loads up his own sled with concrete blocks at home in Covington. “My goal is to drive over the line,” he said.

The winners each have the opportunity to participate in the National Kiddie Tractor Pull Association’s Grant National Championship next April.

The following list is of all the children who placed in the pulls and are listed from second place on down:

Age 3: Braxton Potts, of Troy; Oliver Beneman; of Sidney, Joey Payne, of Troy; and Wesley Parke, of Covington.

Age 4: Westin Wale, of Casstown; Ellie Minner, of Lebanon; Joshua Bennett, of St. Paris, Rowdy Payne, of Troy.

Age 5: Tyler Morow, of Covington; Baine Clark, of Conover; Nolan Gutman, of Troy; Henry Benson, of Sidney.

Age 6: Kyle Bensman, of Sidney; Dylan Howell, of Fletcher; Hannah Bailey of Piqua; and Gunner Brown of Covington.

Age 7:Derek Meyer, of Anna; Kyla Furrow, of Troy; Addison Havenar; Austin Howell, of Fletcher.

Age 8: Olivia Hines, of Fletcher, Mason McGuffey, of West Milton; Amanda Roush, of Sidney; Cora Hildebrand, of Troy.

The ribbons and trophies were donated by Unity National Bank who sponsored the event.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Christopher Whitehead, 4, of Piqua, makes his way down the track at the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair as pulling association member Pete Dietrich, right, urges him on.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081417mju_fair_pdc_kidtractorpull5.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Christopher Whitehead, 4, of Piqua, makes his way down the track at the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair as pulling association member Pete Dietrich, right, urges him on.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Zoey Howell, 3, of Fletcher says, “I got this,” as she pedals her way down the track at the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081417mju_kidtractorpull3.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Zoey Howell, 3, of Fletcher says, “I got this,” as she pedals her way down the track at the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Elizabeth Robbins, 3, of Troy strains at the peddles during the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081417_fair_kidtractorpull1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Elizabeth Robbins, 3, of Troy strains at the peddles during the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday at the Miami County Fair.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Autumn Crim, 3, of Huber Heights, receives her trophy for winning the three-year-old division of the Kiddie Tractor Pull from Miami County Fair Queen Abigail Hissong in front of the grandstand on Monday.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081417mju_fair_kidtractorpull4.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Autumn Crim, 3, of Huber Heights, receives her trophy for winning the three-year-old division of the Kiddie Tractor Pull from Miami County Fair Queen Abigail Hissong in front of the grandstand on Monday.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Blake McGuffey, 4, of West Milton crosses the full-pull line as Miami County Fair Queen Abigail Hissong, left, and a representative of Kiddie Tractor Pulling sponsor Unity Bank look on.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081417mju_fair_kidtractorpull5.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Blake McGuffey, 4, of West Milton crosses the full-pull line as Miami County Fair Queen Abigail Hissong, left, and a representative of Kiddie Tractor Pulling sponsor Unity Bank look on.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Remington Selvidge, 3, of New Carlisle works hard to place in the three-year-old division of the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081417mju_kidtractorpull2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Remington Selvidge, 3, of New Carlisle works hard to place in the three-year-old division of the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Monday.

By Melanie Yingst

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