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International Pedal Pull Next Test For Mallard Enthusiast

By Staff | Jul 17, 2008

Palo Alto County will be represented in an international event this weekend and carrying the colors of the county will be brown-eyed, seven-year old with a huge grin. Betty Sue Strohman, the daughter of Mark and Angie Strohman, will put the pedal to the metal, so to speak, when she competes in the International Pedal Tractor Pull on Saturday, July 19, in the community of Fairview, Iowa.

For Betty Sue, pedal pulling is becoming old hat. Since she began pulling in events in 2006, the second grader has claimed first place honors in the Iowa State Pedal Tractor Pull in 2007, and finished second this year in the National Pedal Tractor Pull. At the State competition in Marshalltown back on Sept. 8 of last year, Betty Sue made three consecutive full-pulls, which qualified her to compete in the National event, which was held at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.

In the Nationals, Strohman made a long pull of 41 feet, and two 35-foot efforts to earn a second place finish. That finish qualified Strohman for the International event this weekend.

The brown-eyed pulling wizard will have plenty of supporters as she competes at the National pull, as her grandparents, Ted and Linda Strohman of Emmetsburg and Mike and Denise Flaherty of Graettinger, are her top fans, along with her immediate family and friends.

The track to the International Pedal Tractor Pull is a long and tough road for each of the contestants. In Betty Sue’s case, she was one of over 8,000 young girls and boys in Iowa who participated in one of the 156 officially sanctioned pedal pulls during the year. Winners from the sanctioned pulls, including the annual Palo Alto County Fair Pedal Pull, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday morning, July 26, at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg.

The pedal tractor pulls are conducted much like real-sized tractor pulls, as contestants pull against a mechanical weight transfer sled for distance. The only difference is in the form of power kid power versus mechanical horsepower!