About 70 youngsters came out to try their hand at the Pedal Pull Thursday at the Champaign County Fair.
The pedal pull works by having children pedal a tricycle tractor as far as they can, with weight being added along the way using a special device. The goal is to make a full pull, which is approximately 30 feet.
All participants recieved a blue participation ribbon and a crisp one dollar bill.
Top three placers received various toy tractors.
Classes were divided by weight, with Class 1 being the smallest-weighted kids.
Class 1 included children of 25 to 40 pounds. In this class, five participants were able to make full pulls. The device was made heavier, and two kids were still able to make full pulls. The duo had a final pull-off, and Troy Bradley (pictured left) outpedaled Taylor Aldridge by pulling 28'1", as compared to Adridge's pull of 15' in the final round. Third place went to Landen Hill for his second round pull of 28'6".
Class 2 included kids from 41 to 50 pounds. After two kids made full pulls, the pulloff gave Sam Hines (pictured right) the victory over Austin Olynizak. Hines pedaled 20'1" in round 2, while Olynizak pedaled 18'2". Third place went to Oliver Perry who pedaled 26'8" in round 1.
Class 3 was for children 51 to 65 pounds. Two kids secured prize-winning places after they completed the only three full pulls. In round 2, Logan Heath (pictured left) came out on top pulling 23'10", Roegan Hines took second, pulling 23'3", and Ryan Stevens took third.
Class 4 was for kids 66 to 85 pounds. This class had three full pulls as well. In round 2, Blake Reed (pictured right) secured first place with a pull of 22'6", Ryan Lachat took second with 22', and Cole Allen took third with a pull of 17'4".
Listen to Blake Reed talk about the competition.