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The roar of pulling trucks and tractors will echo through Lawrenceburg on April 30 and May 1 when the city hosts Battle of the Bluegrass at the county park.
The event, organized by Eddie Carey of Carey’s Towing and Recovery, is his latest effort to raise funds for worthy causes by inviting in some of the nation’s top truck and tractor pullers.
“This one is to benefit the park,” Carey said Monday morning. “We hope to raise enough funds to put a fence around the motorsports portion of the park and to purchase new bleachers.”
The event marks the second time pullers from as far away as North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana will ply their craft in Lawrenceburg. Carey organized a similar pull last year to raise money for local 4-H students. That pull drew over 100 competitors, 3,500 fans and received strong reviews both online and from Mayor Edwinna Baker.
“It was really talked about on the Internet,” Carey said. “People said it was a great pull ... one of the best of the year.”
Baker said she was happy to have someone like Carey take the initiative to bring such events to Lawrenceburg.
“Any time you can bring people to town who will spend money, it helps small businesses,” she said. “I look at it as a means of economic development, because it helps keep our stores here.
“If we had more citizens willing to step up and do these sorts of things, we’d all be better off.”
The event will feature a number of professional pullers in categories ranging from super modified two-wheel drive trucks to pro and hot farm tractor.
Carey said there will be music after each pull, scheduled to begin each night at 7.
Admission each night is $10 at the door.
For more information, call Carey at 680-1000, or visit www.bluegrasspulling.com.
E-mail Ben Carlson at email@example.com.