Mott holds second annual truck and tractor pull

Despite the 100 degree temperature outside, Verrick Schock from Carson brought his 1971 Ford Pickup to Mott on Saturday, August 15 to compete in Mott’s Tractor and Truck Pull.

Verrick Schock takes his turn pulling the weighted truck at the second annual truck and tractor pull in Mott. The weighted truck is measured at roughly 32,000 pounds. (PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald)
Verrick Schock takes his turn pulling the weighted truck at the second annual truck and tractor pull in Mott. The weighted truck is measured at roughly 32,000 pounds. (PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

Despite the 100 degree temperature outside, Verrick Schock from Carson brought his 1971 Ford Pickup to Mott on Saturday, August 15 to compete in Mott’s Tractor and Truck Pull.

The Tractor Pull was part of a Back to School Bash that was held at the Hettinger County Fairgrounds. Schoch traveled with his wife and two daughters; together as a family they enjoy participating in truck pulls, and mud drags.

“[It’s] something different to do, a good family thing to do,” Schock said.

Last year was the first year that Kevin Miller, along with other members of the Hettinger County Fair Board, sponsored a tractor pull—something that the town of Mott hasn’t had since the early 1980’s. Kevin Miller dedicated last years pull in memory of his father Frank Miller, as he had fond memories of attending tractor pulls with his father.

“We used to always go to tractor pulls,” Kevin Miller said.

Last year’s event was very successful as there were 40 tractors and six pickup trucks that showed up to compete.

This year the event didn’t have the turnout, primarily because of a grain harvest that was in full swing, a hot 100 degree day, other area Rodeos, and County Fairs that were also going on this past Saturday.

Even though this year’s participation and attendance was down from last year, the Fair Board committee has plans for next year, possibly moving the Tractor Pull to the Sunday afternoon of the Hettinger County Fair.

Miller, along with the board, is also talking about adding a new event next year to the Back to School Bash.

“We should have an antique car and pickup show, we haven’t had one of them in town for a long time,” Miller said.

Tim Schmidt from Alice, North Dakota spends most of his weekends from June until October attending Tractor Pulls. Schmidt operates the 32,000 pound truck mechanism that is used for the Pulls.

“Everything is in the truck that you need,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt, who used to compete in Tractor Pulls, is a member of the Old Time Tractor Pullers Association in Leonard, N.D. He travels to 20 different towns around Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, operating the weighted machine. Schmidt recognizes a lot of the same people and tractors that compete at the different pulls, as Tractor Pulls have quite a following of people. The Back to School Bash ended the night as the Johnny Holm Band played a concert at the Hettinger County Fairgrounds.

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