Zinkon Memorial Truck, Tractor Pull Oct. 16

Zinkon Memorial Truck, Tractor Pull Oct. 16

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The inaugural Austin Zinkon Memorial Truck & Tractor Pull benefit will take place at Harvest Barn, 420 Dutch Valley Drive, just east of Sugarcreek, on Oct. 16 from noon to 11 p.m.

“The event will take place rain or shine. While some bleacher-type seating will be available, we encourage attendees to bring chairs. There will be ample room trackside to set up chairs and enjoy the truck and tractor pull,” event organizer Glenda Zinkon said.

The benefit has been established in memory of Austin Zinkon to help area families with loss and/or medical expenses. The benefit will include the truck and tractor pull beginning in the afternoon, a silent auction, basket raffle, bake sale, 50/50 drawing, and spaghetti dinner by donation. This event will benefit three local families including the Werker family, who experienced child loss and medical expenses; Mike Spillman, who is battling pancreatic cancer; and Kelly Schlabach, who is battling breast cancer.

While the truck and tractor pull will not be policed, there are some rules that will be adhered to. The 6,500 Hot Rod V8 Tractor Class will follow Central Ohio Tractor Pull Association rules. The 9000 Open Tractor Class is 20-inch Hitch, Any Tire and Any Tractor, and the 3.0 Limited Pro Diesel Trucks will follow OSTPA rules.

There also will be many other features throughout the evening. The 12,500 Farm Stock will be Any Tire, 20-inch Hitch, 10 mph and the Run What You Brung Truck, which is just what it sounds like. The 6000 Open Antique Tractor Class is 1970 or Older Tractors with 18-inch Hitch, Any Tire and 6 mph. Weigh-in starts at noon, and the pulls start at 2 p.m.

“Bob and I are thrilled, along with the Spillman family, to be hosting such an important and meaningful event that God placed on our hearts to do,” Zinkon said. “After waiting out the initial storm of the pandemic, we are anticipating this event to be a blessing to many for years to come.”

Serving for the spaghetti dinner by donation will begin at noon and will continue until 6 p.m. or until supplies run out. Take-out also will be available during this time. The silent auction and basket raffle will be held at various time intervals from noon to 6 p.m. There also will be a bake sale by donation from noon to 6 p.m. or until baked goods are gone. 50/50 tickets will be sold throughout the day, and drawing will be announced at 6:30 p.m.

“Bob and I are deeply moved and appreciative of everyone’s efforts to make this memorial benefit event a success,” Zinkon said. “It takes a lot of work to pull something like this together, and we are very appreciative of all the support we have received so far. God has definitely been in our midst, and we are so thankful for all who are supporting this meaningful event from local businesses to individuals. We especially want to thank the Spillman family for allowing this event to take place on their grounds and their ongoing support.”

Gate entry is on a donation basis. For more information or to donate to the fund, email glenda@eaglemachines.com or call 330-852-1300.