Columbus, Ohio---It's truck and tractor pulling's annual bowl game in the Bluegrass State. And it's on for at least three more years.
The National Tractor Pullers Association and the Meade County Fair of Brandenburg, Kentucky have reached a new agreement whereby the Meade County Fair Grand Nationals will remain Association-sanctioned through 2023.
Resultantly, NTPA competitors who elect to follow the Grand National Circuit presented by Case IH Agriculture will travel the rolling hills of northwestern Kentucky for Friday-Saturday sessions on July 30-31, 2021; July 29-30, 2022; and July 28-29, 2023. Each iteration, conducted within the fairgrounds' natural amphitheater, coincides with the concluding weekend of the annual eight-day fair.
Divisions scheduled to appear each season will be announced via www.NTPAPULL.com, The Puller Magazine, and the Association's social media accounts.
"The Meade Co Fair Board is very proud of our longstanding relationship with the NTPA," said Kenny Haught, chairman of the pull committee. "We would like to thank the NTPA, sponsors, and many volunteers that have made the Meade County Fair Grand Nationals a three-time NTPA Grand National Pull of the Year.
"We look forward to seeing all of our friends in 2021 and years beyond," Haught concluded.
The 2019 edition of the premier-level event, located less than an hour west of Louisville and just minutes south of the Indiana border, featured four classes that were contested at the GN level for prize money and points toward championships and berths in the Enderle Pull-Off invitational. The 2020 Brandenburg pull was a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the Meade County Fair Board to consolidate its operations to a Junior Fair that excluded grandstand attractions.
"After a year like 2020, we've learned not to take anything for granted," said Gregg Randall, the NTPA's Executive Director. "But signing a new contract with the good folks in Brandenburg to keep NTPA Championship Pulling in their unique arena for years into the future makes us feel like things are getting back to normal."
(Photo by MAD Pulling Pics/Anna Galloway)
About National Tractor Pullers Association
The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls.
The 2020 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.
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