Fair: Pig scramble and pedal pull open to kids and adults

The strain of pulling a 35-pound weight starts to show on the face of Robbie Butler at last year’s kiddie pedal pull. The London resident “pulled” off a first-place finish.

(Posted June 26, 2023)

Tri-Green Interstate Equipment is hosting two fair events that are sure to be entertaining–a pig scramble and pedals pulls for both children and adults.

Pig Scramble
It’s been many, many years since the fair last hosted a pig scramble. It’s back and scheduled for 5 p.m. July 9. The event will take place inside a fenced-off area near the beer garden.

The area will be wetted down. Approximately 50 pigs will be let loose. Then, by age category, children and adults will scramble after the pigs, trying to grab ribbons tied to the pigs’ tails. The pigs likely will weigh about 50 pounds each–small enough to be speedy.

The first person in each age group to successfully grab a ribbon will be declared that age group’s winner. Winners receive a $100 cash prize. The age categories are: 6-8, 9-10, 11-13, 14-17, and 18 and older.

There is no cost to enter. Registration starts at 4 p.m. the day of the scramble. All entrants must sign a waiver.

“And bring a change of clothes because it’s going to be muddy. That’s what a pig scramble is all about–mud,” said Judy Green, a fairboard member and co-owner of Tri-Green.

Tri-Green is sponsoring the pig scramble as another option for youth to get involved in the fair.

“They don’t have to be in 4-H or FFA. Anybody is welcome to enter. Adults are welcome, too,” Green said.

Pedal Pulls
The Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pullers returns to host not only kiddie pedal pulls but adult pulls, as well. The fun is scheduled for July 15. Registration starts at 2 p.m. The kids’ pulls start at 3 p.m. The adult pulls follow.

“The adult part is new for us,” said Green. “It’s something we thought might work. We think it will be fun to see adults doing it.”

The adult pulls are open to ages 12 and older. Entrants compete in age categories. Ribbons go to the top two pullers in each category. The registration fee is $10; half of those fees go back to the fair.

“For the adults, we basically take the engine out of a garden tractor and put pedals on it,” said Gary Daiber, owner of Buckeye State Pedal Tractor Pullers.

While the adult pulls are all for fun, the kiddie pulls include the chance to advance to state and even national competition.

The kiddie pulls are open to ages 4-11. The top three pullers for each age get trophies and are invited to the Ohio pull that takes place at the Hartford Independent Fair in Croton in August. Top pullers at state can move on to the national pull at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, in September.

There is no cost to enter the kiddie pull at the Madison County Fair. Each child who participates gets a ribbon.

The Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pullers are endorsed by the National Pedal Pullers Association. For details, visit www.buckeyepedalpullers.net.

The 2023 Madison County Fair runs July 8-15. For a schedule of events, visit Madison County Fair.

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