Richmond Corner Antique Tractor Pull finds success despite setbacks

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The 2022 Richmond Corner Antique Tractor Pull attracted 108 tractors in a dozen classes over the weekend of Aug. 26 to 28, but the annual event almost didn’t happen.

Only days before the popular event, organizers discovered the theft of the Richmond Corner Rec Council’s scales, without which the pull couldn’t happen.

Kristy McCormack, one of the veteran organizers of the popular event, said the discovery of the scale theft put the entire event in jeopardy. She credited the efforts of the Carleton County and the pull communities for saving the day and the 2002 event.

“Some pretty amazing people came forward,” she said

McCormack said a Quebec-based organization stepped up to provide Richmond Corner with the needed scales and a local volunteer agreed to travel there to pick it up.

The scales arrived on site for the Friday start time, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Heavy rain postponed Friday night’s planned parade and other events. The parade was held Saturday, as great weather greeted long days of tractor pulls on Saturday and Sunday.

The annual antique tractor pull is more than a sporting event. It’s an important social event and allows proud tractor owners to showcase their hard-working, well-maintained machines from another era.

Pullers arrived from local communities and as far away as Prince Edward Island.

The Richmond Corner Antique Tractor Pull is both a community and family event. Each year, new generations from the many participating farm families join the fun.

This year, event organizers presented the Youngest Puller Award to Kaden Moorcroft in memory of Evan Graham of Hartford, who perished in an accident in July 2020. The 14-year-old was an active and popular member of the area’s agriculture community

Richmond Corner Recreation Council president Ernie Atkinson also presented Evan’s parents, Stacey and Jeremy Graham, and grandfather Wayne Graham with the $490 in 50-50 proceeds to support the Evan Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The 2022 Richmond Corner Antique Tractor Pull Results:

12,000 lb class sponsored by L.B Kennedy

1st Matt Martin

2nd Andy Martin

3rd Mark Durling

10,000lb class sponsored by Speerville Flour Mill

1st Matt Martin

2nd Andy Martin

3rd Carl Kennedy

9,000lb class Sponsored by Brooks Underground Services

1st Jason Gray

2nd Ben Atherton

3rd Ethan Durling

8000lb class sponsored by Aggcon Contracting

1st Shawn Brooks

2nd Ben Atherton

3rd Scott Brooks

7000lb class sponsored by DRS Auto Supplies

1st Rodney Lappage

2nd Ben Atherton

3rd Jason Gray

6,000lb sponsored by Garnets Welding Shop

1st Coleman Sharp

2nd Matt Martin

3rd Roy Flewelling

4700lb class Sponsored by M&J’s Repair

1st Phillip Ketch

2nd Daryl Kidney

3rd Brennan Carpenter

4200lb Sponsored by Final Cut Machining

1st Ben Atherton

2nd Jacob Durling

3rd Jorja Voutour

3700 lb sponsored by M. Durling & sons

1st Sheldon Acott

2nd Scott Brooks

3rd Madison Kidney

3200lb sponsored by Community Metal

1st Sam Gillis

2nd Kale Moorcroft

3rd Ethan Durling

2,700lb class sponsored by @antworth family campground

1st Scott Brooks

2nd Ethan Durling

3rd Scott Brooks

2,550lb Class sponsored by Car Auto Sales

1st Dustin Sproul

2nd Scott Brooks

3rd Carlene Brooks

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun