Hundreds gathered for the annual Ranch Lake Pull
A car zips down the track in the mud drag races at this year's Ranch Lake Pull.
Mud flew and tractors gave it their best shot at the fifth annual Ranch Lake Motor Sports Weekend. This year was the biggest the event has ever been.
The event is run on the Langton farm, and it is mostly put on by the Langton family. However, they have many friends and volunteers who help put on the show. Some volunteers are there for the weekend driving machinery, announcing the different heats, cooking or serving food. Others come beforehand to help transform the farmers field into the different tracks.
“We cut the hay off of this field about a couple of times before the event so we turn it from a farmers’ field into this infrastructure for the weekend. And if you look at all of the coloured shirts, these are all of the volunteers that come to work for us,” said Lynne Langton.
Over the weekend different events ran simultaneously, starting with the ski-doo drag races on Friday night. Then on Saturday and Sunday trucks, tractors and cars took to the tracks for tractor pulls and mud drag races.
“I think it’s all pretty interesting. These are the most spectacular, the mud drag, they‘re probably the noisiest and the fastest. They go about 100 miles an hour down that track. It’s a 300-foot track,” said Langton. “But there’s the little lawn mowers, and the children can compete too on the lawn mowers. So their parents will fix up the lawn mower for them and they can compete. And sometimes there’s really big guys on the little wee lawn mowers and that’s really funny.”
Some of the proceeds from the event go to different local organizations that the Langtons feel can use the money, such as the Whitewater Snow Goers and the Foresters Falls branch of the Whitewater Fire Department. In addition to those organizations the Langtons also donate the money to other organizations. In the past they have donated to Guatemala and to programs in Afghanistan.
The Langtons have lots of experience in running and participating in tractor pulls. Mel Langton has been in tractor pulls for about 30 years, and he enjoys spending his spare time modifying lawn tractors. He currently has five modified tractors with which to play.
And he also puts on somewhere around nine other tractor pulls each year in places like Shawville, Spencerville and Ladysmith. The Langtons used to run this event at the Beachburg Fair before they outgrew the space.
“We were doing this show in a smaller scale at the Beachburg Fair, but we ran out of space; it wasn’t large enough. So we have this property and we thought, well maybe we could just set it up here and have it once a year, and I guess that’s how we started,” explained Lynne Langton.
And if the crowds were any indication, making that move was a great idea for the show.
Final results of the races were not tabulated by press time and should be available for tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Observer.
Christina Van Starkenburg is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.