Columbus, Ohio---On Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, the Michiana Event Center (MEC) and Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Realty will proudly present the second Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals Indoor Truck and Tractor Pull and Michiana Farm Show.
Tickets are on sale now at ShopNTPA.com/tickets!
Update: Current list of invited competitors.
The 2021 event will build on the success of the inaugural Spring Nationals which showcased some of the National Tractor Pullers Association's toughest competitors and filled the Center's gargantuan Trade Show Building with thousands of pulling fans.
Appearing for the first time in Shipshewana will be Grand National Pro Stock Tractors. Featuring the largest-displacement engines of any tractor division, the Pros will take turns battling the 20-ton weight transfer in both sessions on the regulation-length indoor track.
Joining the Pro Stocks in making their debut will be the up-and-coming Hot Farm Tractor division. And returning for their encore performances at the Spring Nationals will be Super Farm and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks. All competitors were invited based upon their performance in 2019, the NTPA's most recent championship season.
Located just minutes south of the Michigan state line in northern Indiana's Amish Country, the charming town of Shipshewana sits at the intersection of U.S. Route 20 and State Route 5. The MEC and surrounding restaurants and tourist attractions are easily accessible from the Indiana Toll Road and will provide a weekend's worth of entertainment for the whole family.
“We were simply blown away by the response in 2019 in our first year for this event at the MEC,” said the Center’s Jeff Fought. “We had fans attend from several states away, and I feel the building and time of the year are the perfect scenario for a national indoor pull.
“We say the MEC was ‘Built For Big,’ and that’s what the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Spring Nationals will be!”
The Michiana Farm Show, admission to which is included with Spring Nationals tickets or may be purchased separately, will fill the Center's central Coliseum Building each afternoon. Meanwhile, its Staging Building will house the freely accessible pit area in which fans can meet and talk with their pulling heroes and see their mighty machines up close. Ample and free parking surrounds each building within the facility, and additional overflow parking is within a short walk.
Once inside the Trade Show Building, devotees of power and noise will be enthralled by the action that takes place on an installed clay track whose regulation length will permit the skilled drivers and their exotic vehicles to reach full speed and song. Bellowing turbocharged powerplants will burn gallons of diesel fuel and spin tires large and small as they strive to reach the ramp at the end of their 300'-plus dirt road.
All attendees, participants, officials, and event staff members will be required to adhere to COVID-19 health protocols as issued by federal, state, and local authorities. Such protocols include the wearing of face coverings while indoors and social distancing in seating and concourse areas where possible. The state of Indiana and/or the LaGrange County Health Department may also impose limitations on the facility's attendance, which may in turn result in a cap on ticket sales. Attendees will sign a waiver when they purchase their tickets, should consider their susceptibility to illness when deciding whether to attend, and are asked to stay home or return home if they feel sick during the event.
“NTPA is excited to return to Shipshewana for the Spring Nationals,” began Gregg Randall, the Association's Executive Director. “This event exceeded everyone’s expectations for year one, and we think our all-smoke lineup will draw additional interest from the surrounding farming communities.
"Besides the farm show, attendees will have plenty to do and see in the heart of Amish country. This great invitational event is a must-see on any pulling fan's calendar! Moreover," Randall continued, "two days of pulling over the weekend that leads into spring will serve to warm up both drivers and spectators before the 2021 regular-season tour.”
The NTPA Spring Nationals II will be conducted at 6 p.m. both Friday (Session One) and Saturday (Session Two). Discounted pre-event tickets for the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals and Michiana Farm Show presented by Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Realty are available for electronic purchase 24/7 at ShopNTPA.com/tickets.
Admission prices for adults (ages 6 and over) are as follows: Session One or Two, $25 bleacher/$30 VIP Trackside; Weekend Pass (both sessions), $45 bleacher/$55 VIP Trackside. Children 5 and under admitted free. Day-of-show adult ticket prices will increase.
Those who can't make it to the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Spring Nationals sessions may purchase and view each session, a la carte, at NTPA.tv. After signing up, viewers can enjoy the multi-camera presentation---narrated by the event's announcers and augmented by on-screen graphics and instant replays---from the convenience of their PC, phone, tablet, or smart TV via the NTPA.tv apps available on several platforms.
And new in 2021: The Shipshewana Spring Nationals broadcast is now included in the NTPA Live Streaming Yearly Pass! Visit NTPA.tv and purchase the Yearly Pass before the event to watch it live. It will be available to view on-demand to those who buy the pass afterward.
For more information about the Michiana Event Center, visit the facility's website, MichianaEvents.com, or contact the main office at 260.768.3300. To learn more about NTPA Championship Pulling, check out the Association's official website, NTPAPULL.com, or call 614.436.1761.
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