Columbus, Ohio—The National Tractor Pullers Association regrets to report the cancellation of the NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals for 2024. The fifth edition of the Grand National invitational event was to have been held March 15-16 at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Indiana.
The rescission followed a change in policy by the facility’s management team to no longer hold dirt track events in the MEC’s Trade Show Building. A January event unaffiliated with NTPA that was already under contract prior to this announcement will go on as scheduled.
“We’re disappointed in this decision, both for our dedicated fans in the tri-state and our competitors who were looking forward to returning or pulling there for the first time,” said Gregg Randall, the NTPA’s Executive Director. “We thank the management of the MEC past and present for a good working relationship and wish them well in the future.”
Competitors who have submitted bond checks toward participation in the event will have those checks returned or the amounts refunded in full.
Randall noted that the event was the first to be interrupted due to the 2020 pandemic but came back strong in 2021.
“The hope is that this is not the end. We’re open to the opportunity as early as 2025 to keep the Spring Nationals tradition alive at another suitable location.”