8th annual benefit pull scheduled


ANSONIA – The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League will sanction the eighth annual Ohio State Benefit Pull presented by Ag Protect 1 at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at York Woods, just north of Greenville off of US 127.

The Barga family has been involved in tractor pulling for 50-plus years and is very excited about this year’s tractor and truck pull at York Woods (home of Darke County Steam Threshers). The benefit pull will continue its partnership with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Greater Dayton (JDRF) by donating all proceeds to JDRF. The Barga family has four children who are diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes.

“We truly believe this event is good for Darke County and most importantly JDRF,” Ron Barga said. “Thus far we have donated over $53,000 to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which we couldn’t have done without the support of everyone involved.”

Currently slated for Friday night’s show are the Super Modified tractors, Unlimited ProStocks, Super Farm and five restored 1970s models. On Saturday night will be the Super Modified tractors, Unlimited Super Stock, Super Farm and Mini Rods.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday with the show starting at 7 p.m. Gates open at noon on Saturday, and the National Kiddie Pedal Pull is 4 p.m. Saturday for ages 4-10 with signups at 3:30 p.m.

New for 2015 is the beer tent, and Saturday is the Dave Knapp Ford 2015 Ford F150 4X4 truck giveaway. Wednesday there will be a media day at Dave Knapp Ford/Lincoln to come out and see three pulling vehicles, meet drivers and sit in the new truck that spectators will have a chance to win. There also will be the opportunity to buy a JDRF sneaker for $1 and enter for a chance to win tickets to Ohio State Benefit Pull.

General admission is $20 per adult each day, weekend passes are $30 per adult, and kids 12 and younger are admitted for free. Camping is available as well for $10 site. Again in 2015 there are free $3 off coupons available at 10 participating Dollar General Stores.

Visit the Ohio State Benefit Pull website at www.ohiostatepull.com for more information.

The Barga family greatly appreciates the large response from the local businesses that chose to help support this pull in 2015 including: Ag Protect 1, Bayer Crop Science, Greenville National Bank, Pohl Transportation Inc., Mote Farm Service, Channel Seed, Eldora Speedway, Ansonia Lumber Company, The Meat Shop, TruPointe, Troy Ford, The Andersons, Menke Consulting Inc., Wayne Oil, North Star Hardware & Implement, North Star Plumbing, Ohio Crankshaft/Stan Ray & Sons, RB Cox Insurance, Veterinary Service & Supply, Beck’s Hybrids, Elite Ag, Rowland Truck & Equipment Inc., Crop Star Consulting, Inc., Cooper Farms, Weaver Bros., Diversified Insurance Service, Muhlenkamp & Associates LLC, Leis Realty, the Whistle Stop, Lyme Farms, CF Poeppelman, Inc., Shoemaker Farms and Edwin Nickol Monuments.

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