Derrick Alquist, chairman of Cherokee Thunder, and his wife, Christy, were present to accept the award on behalf of the Cherokee Thunder Truck and Tractor Pull.
The Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulls can also be seen at Hinton, Rock Valley, and at the Spencer Fair during the summer.
The truck and tractor pullers vote on which pull they believe should win the award based on the amount of prize money awarded, condition of the track, hospitality of the promoters, and accessibility of the tow vehicles. In only its first year, Cherokee Thunder Truck and Tractor Pull won this impressive award.
Cherokee Thunder Truck and Tractor Pull was organized by six individuals who wanted to see the Outlaw pullers return to Cherokee County. In past years, the Outlaws had been featured as the Friday night entertainment at the Cherokee County Fair. The Fair Board decided not to continue with the Outlaws as entertainment, and so these six individuals picked up where the Fair left off, after a two year absence.
The OTTPA has over 400 members, from 20 different states, who compete on six different levels of pulling competition throughout the Midwest: (S)-State, (RN)-Regional National, (GN)-Grand National, (SN)-Super National, (EN)-Elite National, (EX)-Extreme National .
Past winners of the "Pull of the Year" award at the Regional National level include: Chickasha, Oklahoma (2008 & 2007), Dell Rapids, South Dakota (2006 & 2004), Carroll, Nebraska (2005) and Rock Valley, Iowa (2005).