Tractor Pulls and Sock Hop return

TONASKET – Big rigs, smoker tractors, a few semis, local talent and, of course, KXLY television’s Mark Peterson will be returning to Tonasket July 18-19 for the fourth annual Truck and Tractor Pulls.

Friday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m., is billed as “play night open pulls” while Saturday, July 19, is the main event featuring professional level competition as well as locals that choose to enter.

For the Saturday show we should have around 70 pullers,” says Roger Sawyer of the Tonasket Comancheros, which hosts the event at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds. “I like to say there will be more than 50,000 horsepower inside the arena at one time. It’s just horsepower of a different class.”

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12 years of age, and free for those 5 and under. They can be purchased in advance at Superior Auto Parts, The Junction, II Sisters and the Tonasket Eagles Aerie in Tonasket, or at Big R of Omak.

“We’re trying to get some additional pullers,” Sawyer said. “We have a few coming, but I don’t know who they all are. Some more smoker tractors, things like that.”

Some of the pullers and rigs Sawyer said were coming include Jack Wheatley (Mayor Woody with three engines at 3,500 horsepower, and General Chaos with five engines at 8,500 hp); Delton Amoth (Bad Apple 2); Butch Phelps (Backseat Driver); Ralph Tramp (Agent Orange); Steven Henjum (Limited Edition) and Sammy Henjum Smith (Moonligher).

“We’ve got the heavy diesels,” Sawyer said. “I think they’re the fun ones to watch. They’re all street legal rigs and boy, do they power those things up.”

There is a $25 hook-up fee for participants. Sawyer said those who wish to register ahead of time can contact him at 509-429-8036.

Also, he added, there will be a practice night on Wednesday, July 16.

“If somebody is interested but isn’t sure about it, Wednesday is free,” Sawyer said. “There’s no hook fees. We’ll probably know after Wednesday how much local talent we’re going to get.”

Sock Hop to rock again

WAUCONDA – Wauconda’s biggest event of the year, the Fabulous 50s Sock Hop and Car Show, will rock late into the night on Saturday, July 19, at the Wauconda Community Hall.

The car show begins at noon and the dance at 6:00 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available from noon until 8:00 with the dance lasting until 11:00 p.m.

Sean Owsley of KHQ TV (Spokane), along with Bernie Odegard and Theresa Edwards, return to provide the danceable entertainment.

For more information call 509-486-0709 or see the Wauconda Community Hall Facebook page online.


About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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