Antique tractors will really haul this weekend

Aug. 13 and 14 Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino hosts Cloverdale's second annual Blueberry Antique Tractor Pull.

George Hoffman

Tractor drivers from across the Fraser Valley are bringing their antique tractors to Cloverdale next weekend for a heavy-duty competition.

Aug. 13 and 14 Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino hosts Cloverdale’s second annual Blueberry Antique Tractor Pull.

Over two days, competitors driving antique, pre-1960 tractors

will square off in 10 different weight categories. Each tractor is hooked up to a sled full of weights, which rises higher and higher in the air as the tractor moves further forward.

The pulling area starts at the west end of the grandstand, and finishes close to the winners’ circle. The competition runs from 1-5 p.m. both days. There will be a barbecue, beer garden and live music from 1 to 7 p.m.

Visitors will also have a chance to see behind the scenes at a working race track.

Tractor pull host Fraser Downs will be offering tours of the backstretch between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. See the barns, get acquainted with standardbred horses, and learn more about the exciting sport of harness racing.

Visitors should report to the Winners Circle. Tours are first-come, first serve.