After a chance meeting with competitors at the now defunct Purdue Boilermaker pull, Alan was asked to help out with the Super Pull in Indianapolis in its next to last year in the venue. The result of that pairing with David "Doc" Riley gave birth to an avocation that has included many of the Grand National events on the current circuit. From Tomah, Wis. to parts of Illinois and Ohio with stops in his home state of Indiana, Alan gets the opportunity to see the best of these classes as the points chases get closer and closer. "To watch the euphoria of a great finish as well as the disappointment of a breakage shows just what these competitors are made of," says Washburn. As a farmer from Northwestern Indiana, tractor pulling has long been the staple of Alan's summer activities. "We used to sit in the top row of the grandstand and cheer our favorite local on to victory. Now I have the best seat in the house and try to bring some enjoyment to others from my vantage point on the stage and behind the mic." As a member of the WPI Board, Alan says it has been interesting to watch the development of new safety measures and assist with the rule making procedure. Every rule has someone's name on it, for better or worse. "The roll cage program is now 10 years old and it was a needed addition." Although many may think Alan has had a long tenure as an announcer with NTPA, his announcing goes even further back than the Indianapolis Super Pull. 2010 will mark his 35th year in the Public Address Office at the Indiana State Fair.