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Hernando Today Correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: June 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

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You might be familiar with rodeos, but here's one of a different feather.

A tractor rodeo. Yee-haa!

This here is where the rubber meets the road, or should I say, the rubber of John Deere tractor tires meets the obstacle course.

John Deere and Everglades Farm Equipment Co. are teaming up with the Brooksville Pulling Association to hold a tractor rodeo on Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. The event is free to attend. Lunch will be served for those attending.

Cory Kukral, sales manager of Everglades Farm Equipment Co. in New Port Richey and event coordinator of the tractor rodeo, said every year Everglades Farm Equipment and John Deere put on a "Drive Green Event" to get people into the seat of new John Deere equipment and "put us to the test."

"This year we wanted to do something new, something huge," Kukral said. "We decided to make the event more of a competition with teams competing for prizes and 'bragging rights' and knew that Hernando County was the area we wanted an event like this to take off."

Tractor rodeo teams will compete in three obstacle courses consisting of wagon parking, a loader challenge and a gator challenge.

The staff from their New Port Richey location put together the idea of a "tractor rodeo," a three-event challenge of driver skill, he said.

"A team of three competes against other teams to complete each course without knocking over obstacles that result in penalties," Kukral said. "Each individual driver's points are totaled up with the teams' points and the team with the most remaining points and fewest errors will win the tractor rodeo."

After the tractor rodeo, stay for more fun later that same night. A Truck & Tractor Pull, hosted by the Brooksville Pulling Association and Everglades Farm Equipment Co., will start at 7 p.m. also at the fairgrounds.

Various classes of trucks and tractors compete to see who can pull the most weight the farthest via an attached heavy sled. It definitely is an awesome show of motor power.

The tractor pull starts at 7 p.m., with gates open at 5 p.m. Admission tickets to the tractor pull are $15 at the gate.

The Hernando County Fairgrounds is located at 6436 Broad St. (U.S. 41) in Brooksville.

Contact Cory Kukral at (727) 842-8618 or visit and www.brooksville

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