Sled Pulling Down on the Farm

August 11th, 2011

By Ron Knoch

Photography Entee Sublett

Despite the laid-back-appearing atmosphere on most American farms, a lot can happen on all that acreage. Take, for example, Uphill Dairy’s 250 acres in Hico, Texas. Sure, it has all the trappings of a 1,000-cow farm, complete with a state-of-the-art milking facility. Typically, the only diesel vehicles running around the property are trucks used for transporting products and tractors working the fields.

But on Saturday, March 26, 2011, nearly 1,000 spectators descended on the property for the inaugural Dairy Pull. The pullers and spectators couldn’t have asked for better Texas weather (a high temperature of 84 and a slight wind out of the southwest).

The pull was the brainchild of Entee Sublett, owner of the Uphill Dairy, who is a regular at Texas diesel events and has been known to bring product samples with him. Entee is such a fan of sled pulling that he decided to host the pull on his farm; he claims milk production never skipped a beat, despite all the dirt flying and diesel smoke bellowing.

Dairy Pull host and Uphill Dairy owner Entee Sublett had to get behind the wheel in both the Work Stock and 18-wheeler classes to show folks how it’s done down on the farm.

Entee built a 425-foot track and lined it with the appropriate hay bales to mark the boundaries. And as with “real” sled pulling events, a handful of vendors were also on hand, including Texas-based businesses such as Majestic Turbo, Valair Clutch, Hamilton Diesel, Bramlett Implement, Laughlin Performance, Complete Performance and many more.

With more than 65 pullers competing in multiple classes, including an Open class, the pull turned out pretty well for a first-time event. The four competition classes included Work Stock, 2.6, 2.8 and 3.0. Each class had a payout for the top three finishers, with the top puller in each class taking top honors. According to Entee, Majestic Turbo, Valair Clutch, NADM, Complete Performance and LPE graciously donated prizes.

Variety was the spice of life at the inaugural Dairy Pull, with a handful of 18-wheelers hooked to the sled. Pictured is L.L. Piggot’s pull.

Other unique features of the Dairy Pull included kiddie sled pulling, lawn mower racing, semi pulls, tractor pulls, a show-and-shine competition and the local favorite, Tumbleweed Barbecue.

Entee also praised the crowd and competitors for having “the utmost respect” for the cow pastures that were used to host The Dairy Pull. Apparently, just one, not-even-full, bag of trash had to be picked up; and there was no road rash from bad behavior behind the wheel.

Based on the success of this year’s event, Entee is planning on a 2012 version of the Dairy Pull. Be sure to check the NADM website (www.runnadm.com) for the dates.

Thanks To:

Catherine (Kitty) Moak

The Uphill Dairy Employees

The Dairy Pull Volunteers

Majestic Turbo of Waco

Valair Clutch

Hamilton Diesel

Bramlett Implement

Carlton VFD

Complete Performance

NADM

ORDA

Tumbleweed Barbecue

Friends and family of Entee Sublett and Kitty Moak

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