As always, the Touchstone hot air-balloon was an attention-getter, even while powerful tractors battled on the track for more than $100,000 in prize money and rankings on the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) championship circuit.
Young and old enjoyed the tethered balloon rides, which began after the balloon raised the U.S. flag during singing of the National Anthem.
Nine member-owned electric coops, including Duck River EMC, and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) took an active role in supporting the 41st anniversary Super Pull.
Touchstone Energy and Duck River EMC were major sponsors for the fifth consecutive year. The electric co-ops sent more than 60 employee volunteers to work at the Touchstone Energy Cooperative tent for the two-day event which featured games, giveaways and door prizes.
“The Super Pull is an event that’s a favorite of electric co-op members in Tennessee and across the South,” says DREMC President and CEO Michael Watson. “Being involved with the tractor pull allows us to engage thousands of fans, who are also our members. Not only do we supply them with reliable, aﬀordable electricity, but electric cooperatives strive to support the communities where their members live and work. We’re proud to be part of this event.”
The Chapel Hill Lions Club uses proceeds from the tractor pull for sight-conservation projects and community improvement. The two nights of the NTPA-sanctioned competition drew approximately 21,000 attendees.