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Tractor pull comes to Worthington

WILL COLLIN/DAILY GLOBE Steve (right) and Mike Bousema show off their super farm tractor. The brothers placed second, fourth, and fifth at previous tractor pulls last week.

WORTHINGTON -- Mike and Steve Bousema travel around the country to pursue their hobby, but for the first time in a long time, their hobby is coming to them.

"We're really excited about it," said Steve. "Worthington hasn't had a tractor pull since '92, I bet."

The Worthington Racing Association is organizing a Nobles County Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the National Tractor Pullers Association.

"We're expecting a good crowd," Mike said. "Anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 people."

The Bousema brothers are active and avid competitors in the world of tractor pulling.

"There are four types of tractor pulls," Mike said. "You've got the state, regions, Grand Nationals, and Super Nationals. Worthington's upcoming truck and tractor pull is a regional event."

Falling into three separate categories, each tractor pull consists of heavy superstock tractors, super farm tractors, and two-wheel drive trucks.

"We are in the most competitive event -- the super farm tractors," Steve said, "There's a lot of fun in competing, and we've made some pretty good friends along the way."

But the brothers aren't merely in it for the relationships, they said.

"I suppose you could call Bowling Green, Ohio, the Daytona 500 of tractor pulls, and we're headed up there later this summer," Steve said.

For now, however, Mike and Steve are busy traveling to places like Pipestone, Marshall, and Redwood Falls to participate in pulls. On Wednesday, the pull is coming to them.

A crowd of 1,000 to 1,500 likely won't be drawn to the race track on a Wednesday night simply for tractors. The fair concessions will be open that evening as well.

"It's really a jump start to the fair," Steve said, adding he's glad to be a part of it.

"We really hope it can become as big of a thing as it should be," said Mike.

Information on all things tractor pull can be found at www.ntpapull.com.

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