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Smokin' Iron ready to roar, rumble

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The city of Ottertail will be getting a staggering population boost this weekend, as an estimated 5,000 - 6,000 people pour in for the 6th annual Smokin' Iron Truck and Tractor Pull.

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The 125 volunteers already committed to work the event is an impressive response for a city claiming just 450 people.

As the pull continues to grow, organizers are planning some new features for this year's June 13 and 14 event.

"We changed our outlook on how to have a raffle," explained pull organizer Terry Wagenman. In addition to the raffling of guns, this year's raffle will include a variety of other prizes. The grand prize is a 42" LG LCD television. Tickets for the raffle are $5.

Other prizes include a Henry Big Boy 44 mg rifle, Weatherby Upland 12 ga auto, Charles Daly Model 106 12 ga over/under, Ruger MK2 30-06 bolt, Thompson Center 25 Workhorse 50 cal., $500 cash, Thumper Pond one night stay with water park, $150 Victoria's Secret gift certificate, $150 Bath and Body Works certificate, WG ruby/diamond necklace, and .09 tw diamond stud earrings.

Wagenman said that there are more vendors scheduled for this year's event. He anticipates having more of a flea market type setup.

"We're also moving the kids events to the south side of the track this year so they'll be more readily available," Wagenman commented.

This year's pull categories include Pro Farm Diesel (State), 2 Wheel Drive Pickup, Super Farm Tractor, Modifieds, Grand National Mini Modified, 4 Wheel Drive Modified Pickup, and Regional National Pro-Stock Semis.

"This year there are eight Regional National Pro-Stock Semis. There are eight Modifieds in the region this year as well," said Wagenman. Last year, the pull only had five in each of those categories.

Gates open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday. The track is located in Ottertail city, behind the water tower.

Tickets are $14 in advance and $15 at the gate. Season passes are $26, with tickets $7 for children ages 5 - 10. VIP seating is also available.

For advance tickets call 218-367-3092 or visit www.smokiniron.com.

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