New Castle: Important Info for Competitors

Worthington, Ohio---The Welcome Letter below pertains to the Lawrence County Father's Day Nationals coming up this Saturday, June 15.

Here's a summary:

  • Address: Lawrence County Fairgrounds, 464 Midway Road, New Castle, PA 16101
  • Take I-79 Exit 105 to PA Route 108, then west to fairgrounds. Pass Gate 1 on the left, then turn left onto Bodziach Road and enter Gate 3 onto 4-H Lane.
  • Competitors will be parked throughout the south side of the fairgrounds. Parking times: Thursday 6:30p-9p, Friday noon-10p, Saturday 8a-event. 724-944-070.
  • Entry opens at 1p. Gates open to spectators at 4:30p. The drivers' meeting is at the scales at 6p. Driver introductions will be conducted on the track at 6:35p. Showtime is 7p.

The full text of the letter, including contact numbers and area amenities, follows. A PDF of the complete letter may be accessed here.

Welcome to the Inaugural NTPA Father’s Day Nationals!

This marks the first time in almost 20 years that the NTPA has been in Western PA! In addition to being a competitive showcase of your talents, this event will also serve as a fundraiser for our community’s long-running fair. So on behalf of the Lawrence County Fair Board, the New Castle community and our numerous volunteers, we hope you’ll enjoy your weekend! Enclosed is some information for our inaugural event.

Fairgrounds Address: 464 Midway Road  New Castle, PA 16101
Office Phone Number: (724) 654-7745
*The Lawrence County Fair social media pages may have updated information regarding the event and weather *

The best route into the fairgrounds is to travel West on Route 108.
Beware that most roads past the fairgrounds to the West have tonnage limits.
We highly recommend using Interstate 79 from the north or south, and take the Slippery Rock Exit #105 to access Route 108. (Mile Marker 104.8).
From Interstate 80, it is only 11 miles Southbound to also reach Exit #105 (Route 108).
Travel on Route 108 Westbound for 8 miles to the fairgrounds.

You will travel past the Lawrence County Fair main gate, #1, on the left.
The next road on your left is Bodziach Road. Turn left onto Bodziach Road.
Gate #3 will be on your left in under ¼ mile, onto 4-H Lane.
Enter the facility here. You will be met by a parking volunteer.
(Spectators parking and entry will be determined prior to the event day, depending on the condition of our grass parking lots).

Egress from the Fairgrounds will be the same as above.

Competitors with haulers will be entering through Fair Gate 3.
Parking will be available for haulers: Thursday, June 13th by appointment from 6:30-9pm.
Friday June 15th, Noon until 10pm and resuming Saturday at 8am.
Please take the time to notify us if arriving later than the stated hours. Parking is coordinated through Jeff Martin (724) 944-0703.

Haulers will be parked throughout the southern portion of the fairgrounds, as the northern portion of the fairgrounds is being utilized for a separate event.
Some parking will take place in grass or fields, in case of inclement weather, parking will be re-arranged onto as many asphalt and gravel surfaces as possible.

There is no designated “pit” area. This event is open pit accessible to all spectators. You will be parked throughout the southern portion of the Fairgrounds, similar to the Enderle Pull-Offs in Urbana, OH and the National Tractor Pulling Championships at Bowling Green, OH.

Spectator parking will be near gates 1 or 4, but will be specified at a later date due to conditions of our parking lots

Competitors must have a valid 2019 Competition License and Vehicle Registration, or pay a per-hook fee for each appearance.

NTPA Event Services will have an up-to-date list of licensed competitors and vehicles when entry opens on Saturday. Licenses may be purchased at the Entry Trailer. Your entry license grants you admittance for 1 NTPA driver license and the 2 NTPA crew licenses that were provided by NTPA. Per NTPA standard – Vehicle entry fee is 1% of the purse of the class of vehicle to enter for its competition in to the event.  Additional crew members may purchase “Trackside” (known most places as “Cold Pit” wristbands) at entry for $30 or a “Grandstand” only ticket for $20.
**There will be wristbands with a color-coded system for restricted areas**

Media please check in with Event Chairman to receive photo vest and credentials.

The weight transfer sled is provided by Decision Maker Pulling Sleds/Richard Love.

Courtesy Tow vehicles will be provided by the Western Pennsylvania Antique Tractor Puller’s Association, and will be coordinated through W.P.A.T.P.A. - John Caffro at (724) 657-4419.

Present your vehicle at the scales in the order in which the classes will be pulling. Arrive at scale to weigh in on the North side of the track surface on Lucky Lane.  Hitch heights will be measured after scaling, prior to entering Hot Pit zone. Organize your vehicles to Line-up in your classes pulling order.

*The current planned pulling order is*:
Region II Light Pro Stock Tractors
Region II Modified Mini Tractors
Grand National Two-Wheel Drive
Region II Super Stock Four-Wheel Drive (Small Block)
*Subject to change* No Rain date is planned/No Refunds/No Curfew*

Leading distance will be held at end of track for each class.
Winner will be presented a check and take photos on track at conclusion of each class with a Presenter.

Contact List
If you have any questions leading up to the event, please call:
NTPA Office (614) 436-1761 or Event Chairman Phil Kelley (724) 272-1212
Event Day LCF Main office phone (724) 510-7412
Event Chairman - Phil Kelley (PK) (724) 272-1212
Parking/Security - Jeff Martin (724) 944-0703
Ticketing/Camping - Shawn Hill (724) 510-7412
Registration NTPA – Tom Jackson (330) 465-6828
Tow Tractor Coordinator - John Caffro (724) 657-4419
Announcer - Jason Schults (608) 604-5068
Lawrence County Fair Board Member (724) 510-7412

Restaurants in the Area with Delivery
Four Star (724) 656-9222 Pizza, Fresh Baked Subs, Stromboli, Wings, & Salads. 1506 Old Butler Rd. New Castle, PA.
Hours: Mon-Thur. 10:30-11pm. Fri & Sat. 10:30-12am, Sun.12pm-10pm.

Medical Facilities
Hospital: UPMC Jameson, 1211 Wilmington Ave New Castle, PA 16105
Open 24 hours (724) 658-9001
Urgent Care: Med Express, 2411 Wilmington Road New Castle, PA 16105 Hours: 8am-8pm (724) 656-4320

Weekend Schedule: Saturday, June 15

8:00am    Worker/ Volunteer meeting (near LCF shop) for 1st shift arrive: Early Track Crew / Early Grounds Maintenance Crew / Early Supervisors / Early Parking Crew
8:30am    Track walk: Continue track preparation: Rip and prepare as needed. Fair Grounds maintenance continue
9:00am    Correct any unresolved issues from Friday
11:30am    Quick Service Concession menu available
*There will be ice available on-site #20lbs @ $6.00*
12:00pm    Worker/ Volunteer meeting (near LCF shop) for 2nd shift arrive: Track Crew / Grounds Maintenance Crew / Supervisors / Parking Crew / Concession Crew / Ticketing Crew
12:30pm    Open and unlock remaining needed facilities, Maintenance & Refuel all equipment
1:30pm    Deploy to assigned positions
2:00pm      NTPA Registration for Competitor Sign-In opens
2:00pm    NTPA Technical Inspection begins
*Roll cage inspection and certification is available by appointment through NTPA and Tom Jackson the event coordinator*
2:00pm     Sound Check PA/Microphone system around grounds, infield & grandstands
3:30pm    Late Shift Arrivals: Worker/ Volunteer meetings with Supervisor Heads of departments for 3rd shift arrivals: All remaining Crew, Workers, and Volunteers needed onsite
4:00pm    Full track set-up: Deploy Safety equipment, Mark Boundaries, Place support equipment, etc.
4:00pm    Ticket sales will start
4:30pm     Spectator grandstands will open (approximate time)
5:00pm    Full Concessions Menu available
*There will be a beer garden available*
6:00pm      NTPA Drivers Meeting at scales with NTPA and LCF Fair Board members
6:00pm    Scales Open
** Driver meet/greet session prior to the start of the event, following the drivers meeting takes place on Northern end of Grandstands trackside**
6:35pm    Drivers are requested at the track for Drivers Introductions
*Please be in uniform/fire-suit/team colors (to present yourself in a professional manner) for Driver Introductions
(Remember this is the first time NTPA has been in Western PA. for 20 years, please participate)
6:45pm     Introductions of Drivers and LCF support personnel to Begin
(Drivers line up with your class of vehicle,  walk out onto track from starting line side, in single file to be recognized and stay through the Anthem’s singing)
6:55pm      Honor Guard with the singing of God Bless America
7:00pm    Canadian National Anthem singing
7:05pm      USA National Anthem singing
7:08pm      Start of Event, Sponsorship Announcements, First Vehicle Proceeds under the direction of NTPA officials


Contact Info

National Tractor Pullers Association
6155-B Huntley Road,
Columbus, OH 43229

PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964