Rough & Tumble Threshermen’s Reunion Tractor Pull

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Arno Kissell, age 19 months, takes a ride on a c. 1955 Bantam lawn tractor, manufactured by the Standard Division of the Skirvin Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana. The engine is a Briggs & Stratton Model 9FB, 3 HP; transmission has high, low, neutral and
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John Lauver Jr. driving the 1951 'R' pull back tractor. Photograph taken by Bruce Powell.

Rough & Tumble Box 9 Kinzers, Pennsylvania 17535

On Thursday evening, August 15, 1991, of the 43rd annual Rough
and Tumble Threshermen’s Reunion, Kinzers, Pa., a
children’s Pedal Pull and a vintage (pre-1960) Tractor Pull
were held. This was an unweighted fun pull, organized as a show to
demonstrate a variety of makes, various types, different fuels with
a mix of drivers (men, women and young adults) from 18 to 67 years
of age.

The following makes were represented: Massey-Harris, John Deere,
Ford/Fordson, McCormick-Deering/Farmall, Case, Minneapolis-Moline,
Caterpillar, Peerless, Rumely and Oliver. Tractors pulled on steel
wheels, hard rubber wheels, rubber tires and tracks.

Five of the drivers were pulling for the first time and nine of
the tractors were being tried for the first time.

Tractors which didn’t fit the pulling guidelines (due to
drawbar height, tire size, weights, etc.) were permitted to make a
demonstration pull. The sled was adjusted so as to get full travel
of the weight box just before the end of the track (250 ft.). Group
I started with one weight in the weight box and Group
III-Demonstration ended with five weights, all using the same pan
(small) on the sled for all classes so as to eliminate switching
time. A west to east direction was used for the first time. The
track was naturally moist due to a midday rain. The old sled was
refurbished in winter of 90-91 for use at the ’91 show.

The Reunion pulling committee appreciates the cooperation of the
pullers and the help provided by the track volunteers: Dave Burk,
Larry Nead, Bruce Powell & A.K. Kissell.

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