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Start your antique engines at Johnson City tractor pull

The Antique Engine and Tractor Pull is June 22 in Johnson City. Staff photo by Jared Fields

In these parts, there’s nothing more American than a revved-up antique tractor pulling a weighted sled. Just ask Stephanie Harper.

“I like it ’cause the past is coming alive, seeing all the tractors,” she said. “I like seeing all the old tractors running – a little piece of our past is still running.”

Those sentiments are why the Johnson City Antique Tractor and Engine Club continues to host its annual Antique Engine and Tractor Pull, going into its 13th year on Saturday, June 22, at the Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 US 281 North in Johnson City.

Registration begins at 9 AM, and the competition starts at 10 AM. Admission and registration fees for the tractor and lawn mower pulls are by donation.

A hook fee for the truck pulls is $10. The classes include non-modified street truck pull and modified trucks.

Additional truck pulls were added to the lineup to give more people a chance to compete and because fans enjoy seeing different machinery, said Harper, who is the club’s secretary.

The street truck pull divisions are broken into two-wheel and four-wheel gas trucks and two-wheel and four-wheel diesel trucks. First place in each division receives $300, while second gets $200.

Prize money for the modified trucks will be decided after registration fees have been paid and totaled.

The truck pulls happen after the tractor and lawn mower pulls are completed. The tractor pull classes have weighted and non-weighted divisions for tractors made in 1965 or prior. First- and second-place trophies for each division will be given.

First- and second-place trophies in the lawn mower pulls will be given out according to each horsepower class.

Vendors will be on hand selling barbecue, hot dogs, and drinks.

Proceeds benefit the Blanco County 4H, FFA of Blanco and Hays counties, and Brown Santa. The club also sponsors a youth soccer team and Blanco County Shooting Sports.

Contact club president Chris Harper at (830) 330-4969 or Stephanie Harper at for more information. Vendors should contact club member Horst Massingale at (830) 868-7614.

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