Waaia event has gathered some pull

March 05, 2018

Going for it: Carl Bonk from Bamawm, near Echuca, driving 'Who Cares' at the Waaia Tractor Pull on Saturday.

The annual Waaia Tractor Pull celebrated its 10th Birthday during the weekend, with more than 2500 people converging on the town for the event.

‘‘It was a good milestone considering it was only going to be a one-off thing originally. I think we had the best crowd we’ve ever had,’’ committee secretary Karen Williams said.

‘‘It’s just grown and grown. The first year we set up the track, everyone went home with sunglass marks because of all the dust. But we’ve got smarter and smarter each year.’’

Competition was as hot as ever with competitors from across the state arriving in Waaia.

‘‘It’s a really good event and is well supported. It’s definitely our town’s biggest event because it’s a little bit out of the box,’’ Mrs Williams said.

The event did not run last year, giving the small committee a chance to rest and regroup, but it was back with a bang this year.

‘‘When you don’t have the volunteer support it makes it difficult, but people are happy to help us out because we give back to the community, which is terrific,’’ Mrs Williams said.

‘‘Entry gate money was higher by a couple of thousand this year, which means we can donate more to Nathalia Lions, the Waaia (CFA) brigade, the Numurkah Girl Guides and the Nathalia CERT team.’’

Besides a couple of blown discs, most of the tractors survived the competition with drivers asked to pull weights that become progressively heavier.

For more photos from the event, see next week’s Country News.

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