To the Editor:
Simply saying “thank you” doesn’t adequately express The Free Press Standard Relay for Life team’s appreciation for everything the Fox Twp. Volunteer Fire Department and Jim Brown to make our first Relay transfer tractor pull a huge success.
The fire department hosted the pull at the Firemen’s Park in Mechanicstown and Jim Brown provided the pulling sled and track staff. The event was so successful we are working with the fire department to plan another pull next year.
The Ohio Mod Rod Pullers participated in the event, pulling on a separate track, and their members graciously donated all entry fees to the cause, which totaled nearly $500. Several of the youth even donated their money back. Many of the tractor pullers donated their purse money to Relay as well.
The pull raised over $2,000, all of which will be donated to the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life program.
The pull would not have been so successful without the support of our sponsors for the $500 jackpot classes: Don’s Custom Meats, Kim and Janice Bick, Kendle Bick Farm, McFadden Insurance Agency, Dodd’s Funeral Homes, Rolling Ridge Angus Farm, Schmuck Farms, Palmer Dairy Farm, McIntire Show Horses and Heffelfinger Meats.
An event is successful because of the volunteers who donate their time. Our wonderful volunteers who spent hours working the track and the entry booth included Dave Seck, Rich Rector, Stewart Gayre, Pete McIntire, Derek McIntire, Ben Palmer, Chris Palmer, Leigh Ann and Lauren Rutledge, Robin Palmer, Barb Reed and Chelsea McIntire. Thanks also to Michael Sheckler for donating his time to serve as our announcer.
Thanks to all the pullers who took the time to participate and tractor pulling fans who filled the bleachers (and their bellies) at the event!
We greatly appreciate the support for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life and its efforts to find a cure for cancer and provide local programs.
We look forward to seeing everyone next year.
Free Press Standard Relay Team