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Pedal pull produces potential State Fair contenders

The winners' circle included two 6-year-olds who accomplished three full pulls, each heavier than the last, before their tie was broken.

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Adam Grandy, 6, of Menahga pedals hard in a tie-breaker for his age class in the kids' pedal pull July 16, 2022 at the Hubbard County Fair. After hauling increasing weights for three full pulls each, Grandy came in second place behind Josiah Hoagland of Park Rapids with pulls of 24 feet 5 inches and 25 feet 10 inches, respectively.
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Area youngsters vied for a chance to compete at the Minnesota State Fair in the kids’ pedal pull Saturday at the Hubbard County Fair.

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Rylee Brien, 3, of Bemidji shows effort as the first to pull in the kids' pedal pull July 16, 2022 at the Hubbard County Fair.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

James Srnsky, who owns the pedal tractors and the skid used in the competition, walked alongside children aged from 3 to 11, reporting the distances they pulled and acting as a referee.

There were pull-offs in several age classes to break ties between children who managed a full pull on at least their first try, adding weight to the skid for each re-pull.

In the 3-year-old class, competitors Macy Boyd of Park Rapids and Rylee Brien of Bemidji both received ribbons, despite hardly being able to move the rig at all.

Seven 4-year-olds competed, with Binx Krotzer of Akeley taking first place after an 18.7-foot pull. August Gartner of Park Rapids placed second, and Adeline Lelm of Nevis placed third.

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Estelle Schneider, 5, of Menahga enjoys a full pull to take first place in her age group in the kids' pedal pull July 16, 2022 at the Hubbard County Fair.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

Five 5-year-olds put in a solid effort, with Estelle Schneider of Menahga making the first full pull of the day for first place. Isaiah Johnson of Sebeka placed second, and Zayden Jokela of Osage placed third.

In the 6-year-old class, Josiah Hoagland of Park Rapids and Adam Grandy of Menahga both completed a full pull, then repeated the achievement in two pull-offs before the fast-pedaling Hoagland finally eked out first place at 25 feet, 10 inches to Grandy’s 24 feet 5 inches. Placing third out of six competitors was Axel Freedman of Miltona.

Out of eight 7-year-olds in contention, William Kirk of Wadena placed first with a full pull. MacKyla Brook of Maple Grove placed second, and Autumn Schmidt of Menahga placed third.

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Austin Gartner, 4, of Park Rapids cranks it for all he's worth, earning a second-place finish for his age group in the kids' pedal pull July 16, 2022 at the Hubbard County Fair.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

In the 8-year-old class, six kids pulled, with Brayden Becker of Park Rapids making a full pull for first place. Jakob Smith of Park Rapids placed second, and Bennett Rittgers of Nevis placed third.

Three out of six 9-year-olds who tried managed a full pull, resulting in a three-way pull-off in which Gideon Carter of Park Rapids placed first with a second full pull. Also from Park Rapids, Hunter Freyholtz placed second and Kaden Boyd placed third.

Only two 10-year-olds competed, both from Park Rapids. Klayton Selander placed first with a full pull, and Eli Maves placed second.

Four 11-year-olds competed in the top age class, three of them making full pulls on the first try. In the pull-offs, Colton Johnson of Sebeka took first place, Eleanor Mathison second and Oliver Manlove of Park Rapids third.

Children who placed first, second and third are eligible to compete at the State Fair.

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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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