Folks in Turin don’t want to miss the tractor pull – or East Coweta High on the gridiron.
To make sure no one had to choose, this year’s tractor pull was moved up one week to avoid a conflict with the ECHS football team. The parade that starts the festivities is this Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Turin.
The parade kicks off the 24th annual Turin Antique Farm Power Show and Tractor Pull, a day’s worth of events. The tractor show and pull begin after the parade. The pull typically runs until 5 or 6 p.m., said Bill Banks with the Turin Antique Tractor Association, which puts on the annual event.
The event is usually held the third Saturday of August, but was moved up this year because the East Coweta High School football team is playing at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Aug. 18.
Banks said he got a call from the coach about the game, who was apologetic about the conflict. Many of the volunteers who work the event are also involved with ECHS football and would want to attend, as would many of the spectators, Banks said. “We just felt it was best to change it this year.”
Those wishing to participate in the parade should be lined up in the staging area on Will Banks Road no later than 9:30 a.m. – preferably at 9, Banks said. Or tractors can be brought to the area after 6 p.m. Friday. The tractors will leave the staging area at 10 and travel up Will Banks Road to South Hunter Street, then take a right onto Turin Road at the Post Office, where an announcer will give information about the tractors passing by. Then it’s on to the pulling grounds for the show, pull and other events, including the pedal race for kids and the slow race. The pull includes multiple weight classes in stock, modified and modern farm. There will be awards given out at the show in various categories, including “Ugliest Tractor.”
Concessions, including barbecue, hotdogs and hamburgers will be on sale, and there will be a bake sale, including peanut brittle, a community favorite made by retired educator Martha Arnold, who is the grand marshal of this year’s parade.
For more information about Saturday’s events, visit www.turintractorpull.com or call 678-300-4923 or 770-294-4263.