After the East Bend Pulling decided to call it quits, four individuals saw an opportunity to make their own pulling association. If you’ve ever been driving down Charity Church Road in Boonville, you’ve probably heard the rumble of lawnmowers, tractors, and trucks pulling their weight on a dirt track.
Located at 4000 McKnight Road in Boonville, the founders of the Yadkin Valley Pullers can be found on a dirt track putting on a pull for the people of Yadkin County. Four individuals — Jeff Smith, Perry Williams, Marty Casstevens and Scott Hall — got together and founded the Yadkin Valley Pullers in 2014. The four men came together after they realized they all had several pulling tractors and lawnmowers, but nowhere to pull them.
“I found a sled for sale in eastern North Carolina and we decided to purchase it,” said co-owner Scott Hall. “After that we bought an additional tractor sled, and now have three lawnmower pulling sleds.”
After the sleds were purchased, it was time to find a piece of land for the pull. After searching for a while for the perfect place, a piece of land fell into their lap courtesy of a family member.
“Ray Casstevens, Marty’s dad and owner of Roundhill Farms, gave us some land to put [the pull] on,” Hall said. “We all went to work along with Mike Billings Grading and Don Adams Grading, who both donated time and equipment, to get the job done.”
The Yadkin Valley Pullers is not like any other pull in North Carolina, they are the only organization that pulls lawnmowers and tractors. Because they do double the pulls, the owners also do double the work.
Pulling is a competition where modified tractors, trucks, or lawnmowers are required to pull a sled along a dirt track. The sled is weighed down according to the weight of the puller, or the type of class in which they are entered. Whoever pulls the sled the farthest in the class is deemed the winner.
Besides being the only pull to allow both lawnmowers and tractors, they are also the only pull that doesn’t have an age limit on the tractors. Most pulls only allow 1960 model tractors or older, but the YVP allows any year.
“It is always interesting to see the new models compete with tractors of the past,” said Hall on the decision to allow any year model to compete.
When people come out to the pull, they can expect to see different types of lawnmowers, tractors and trucks which are lined up along the road that leads to the parking area. The atmosphere surrounding the pull is full of energy and passion. Every person who is associated with the pull puts in their time and money to make sure everything runs smoothly for the crowd and for the competitors. The pull isn’t just for adults, Hall and his co-owners made sure that their pull would appeal to different age ranges.
“I think people come out to be set back in time to their younger years of plowing tobacco on a old Farmall or John Deere, but it’s also good clean fun for all ages,” Hall said. “Yadkin County, being a big agricultural district, is the perfect place for [the pull] to take place.”
The YVP isn’t just a place where people can come to be entertained, it’s also a place that gives back to the community every chance they get. In 2015, the YVP donated $1,500 to the Backpack Program at Boonville Elementary, Yadkinville Elementary and Copeland Elementary schools. They also raised money for a young girl in Boonville who had health problems.
“We are committed to paying it back to the community,” Hall said. “All this is possible with the help of our sponsors and fans who help us cover the expenses throughout the year.”
The Yadkin Valley Pullers hold a lawnmower pull and truck/tractor pull every first weekend of the month. The lawnmower pull starts at 7 p.m. on Fridays, and the tractor/truck pull starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5 per person.
For more information about the Yadkin Valley Pullers, visit their Facebook page (Yadkin Valley Pullers) or call Scott Hall at 336-366-7230.
Kristian Russell may be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.