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.
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.
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.
Catherine (Kitty) Moak
The Uphill Dairy Employees
The Dairy Pull Volunteers
Majestic Turbo of Waco
Friends and family of Entee Sublett and Kitty Moak