Friday, July 30 marks the Second Annual Cherokee Thunder Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull held at the Cherokee Fairgrounds.
The Pull will begin at 7 p.m. with the Beef Producers and Pork Producers grilling, as well as Mill Creek Valley 4-H Club selling pop and water. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own cooler with their beverages for $5, as there will be no alcohol sold at the pull.
Bleacher seating is available, but lawn chairs are also welcome. "Cherokee Thunder is excited to bring this tractor pull to Cherokee," says Derrick Alquist, chairman of Cherokee Thunder.
"My wife and I enjoy watching the various Outlaw pulls that are close to home, and this is even more fun since we're behind the scenes, working with the pullers. We hope Cherokee is able to enjoy this exciting entertainment as much as we enjoy putting it on. It is a lot of hard work, and we are proud to bring the Outlaws to Cherokee."
In only its first year, Cherokee Thunder was awarded the "Regional National Pull of the Year." Cherokee Thunder competed against 17 other pulls of their size, based on prize money.
The truck and tractor pullers vote on which pull they believe should win the award based on the condition of the track, hospitality of the promoters, and accessibility of the tow vehicles. "We were very honored that Cherokee Thunder was awarded Pull of the Year," states Christy Alquist. "We were not expecting to win after only one year."
Cherokee Thunder showcases four classes of tractors. The classes include: 6000 Super Stock, 9200 Super Farms, 4x4 Modified, and 8200 Diesel Super Stock.
"We are excited to have a local tractor puller in Cherokee," states Derrick. "Doug Baird, General Manager at Holzhauer Truck Center in Cherokee, is the owner and driver of a Diesel Super Stock tractor called Red Alert. Recently, at Rock Valley's Outlaw Pull, he placed 4th in his class."
The Outlaws are a premiere pulling organization located in the heart of the Midwest.
Cherokee Thunder will also sponsor an Off-The-Street pick up pull after the Outlaw Tractor Pull. There will be two classes, both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, each with a thirty-dollar entry fee.
This is limited to the first 20 entries.
The Outlaws are also featured at Hinton, Rock Valley, Onawa,