COLUMBIA — The pedal-pull event at the Boone County Fair on Friday got many of Columbia's children bearing the heat to pull tractor weights behind them on small power-pedaled tractors.
"My favorite part is getting trophies," said Trista McDannald, 7, who won first place in her age group. She also won the Pedal Pulling State Competition last year.
A pedal pull involves a child riding a miniature pedal-powered tractor, like a tricycle. Children pull a weight as far as they can, and the farthest pull wins, just like a tractor pull. "It's really fun," Trista said.
Another competitor, Chris Heimann, 7, finished her race with a big smile and sweat dripping down her face. "I'm a little tired," Chris said. Friday was her first pedal-pull competition, and she said the hardest part was to keep the trikes steady.
The owner of Myers Pedal Tractor Pulls and the president of the Missouri State Pedal Pullers Association, Ken Myers, emceed the event. This is his second time at the Boone County Fair, Myers said. His whole family gets involved in tractor pulling, including his daughter, Kayla Myers.
"I've been helping my dad for as long as he's been doing it," said Kayla, who was the national champion of tractor pulling in 2008.
Family traditions were obvious at the tractor-pulling event.
Davian Gall, 6, has qualified for the Iowa and Missouri Pedal Pulling State Competition in September. "His dad's a farmer, so someday he'll be pulling tractors too," Davian's mom, Regina, said.
"It's just fun," Davian said, exhausted from his pull.