‘Best in Ontario’ tractor pull planned for Aug. 5 Agricultural Fair at Kawartha Downs

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With a new, specially-designed 400-foot track — billed by organizers as the best in the business — the stage is set for the first Agricultural Fair and Tractor Pull at Kawartha Downs.

The inaugural event will take place on Aug. 5.

The new track, along with some of the high-powered tractors that will roar into gear on the day of the fair, was unveiled to members of the media at Kawartha Downs in Fraserville on Wednesday.

Gord Robinson, director of community engagement and government at Kawartha Downs, said care and consideration was put into the track — with the goal of it being used for future premiere pull events for years to come.

“We put layers of crushed stone. We also put drainage pipes underneath it, so if it does rain it will dry out,” Robinson said.

“There’s a lot of fairs in Ontario where their tracks are generally made the day of, and that’s something we didn’t want to do. We wanted to go to the next level and make sure we had a track that’s the best in Ontario.”

To achieve that, Kawartha Downs relied on the expertise of Rod Cochrane and Dan Fair.

“It was their expertise that we fed off to come up with the design and the material that was required to make this track what it is,” Robinson said.

The track’s robust drainage system and carefully curated clay make it special, he added.

Cochrane, a longtime competitor in pulls who is participating on Aug. 5, said the first event is shaping up to be a big one.

“I would say it’s going to be the biggest draw for spectators in Ontario for sure,” he told The Examiner.

Cochrane, who sees Kawartha Downs becoming a go-to spot for truck and tractor pull events, said Kawartha Downs is working to make its grounds “the greatest pulling facility in Canada. And they’ve got a good running start on that.”

Fair, who will act as the sled operator for the main event, said spectators can expect a range of powerful vehicles.

“There’s a tractor coming with three engines that’s in excess of 10,000 horsepower,” Fair said.

“It’s going to be one of the pristine events of Ontario and it’s going to help promote agriculture to everybody as well as motorsport. It’s great for all ages, from little kids to adults. The roar of the engines and the feel of the thunder here will just blow your mind.

“They’ve got the best track in all of Ontario.”

The gates for the Agricultural Fair and Tractor Pull will open around noon. Spectators will then be able to watch the Peterborough 4H Lamb Show at 3 p.m., which coincides with the garden tractor pull. The main event tractor pull will begin at 7 p.m.

Local vendors will be on site and Sammy’s Roadhouse ‘n’ Grill will host a beverage tent.

Guests are welcome to return to Kawartha Downs on Aug. 6, when a demolition derby will take place at 12:30 p.m.

It will be a special derby for drivers and spectators alike. It’s taking place on pavement, not on a dirt/mud track, which will mean a whole new experience for drivers.

The inaugural Agricultural Fair and Tractor Pull is happening amid substantial changes at Kawartha Downs.

Owners Romspen Investment Corp. are working on building several new facilities, including an outdoor concert facility, a tractor pull arena, a new convertible horse/cattle and exhibit space and an outdoor soccer field.

The construction of 588 new homes on land to the north of the Kawartha Downs track is in the works as part of the massive revitalization project.

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at bburke@metroland.com.

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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