Tractor pulling has a long and rich tradition in Warren. Starting shortly after World War II, the Warren Kiwanis Club held an annual dead-weight tractor pull on the grounds of what was then the Salamonie Twp. School. For over 50 years, that tradition has continued. Starting as a one-day event, the pull has become a Labor Day weekend marathon, beginning on Friday and continuing often till Tuesday. It is said that some people never sleep during the round-the-clock event.
The first pull will be remembered when the Agriculture Committee of the Warren Kiwanis Club organized the event. Memebers of the committee were Homer Shoemaker, Merritt Harrison, Hack Daugherty and Charles Shuttleworth.
Campers in tents, motor homes and just sleeping bags dot the grounds and the smell of campfire smoke permeates the air. If “laid-back” is your style, then this event is for you. Some folks tell us grass grows faster than the pull proceeds! Nearly 100 tractors from near and far are on hand for the weekend, with each tractor often having as many as 5 drivers.