May is here at last and along with the beautiful, unseasonably warm (for Northern Maine) weather comes the knowledge that our first pull of the season is now just a month away. We are starting the season a week earlier than we did last year. One of the new additions to our schedule is that of our new first pull in Skowhegan. Hopefully everyone has made a note of this and we have a nice turnout thus getting the season off to a great start.
A couple of weeks ago we attended a meeting in Grand Falls concerning their truck and tractor pull that's coming up the middle of June and they have a lot of great things going on, as usual. They are expecting several pullers to come down from Quebec which is exciting. Year after year, the people who put on this pull go above and beyond to make sure that everything is well planned out and goes off without a hitch thereby providing the best possible pull that they can. I feel quite confident that this year will be no exception. We certainly appreciated the invitation to this meeting from John Belfour. It makes you feel preety confident that you're going to be doing a good pull and that the crowd is going to get their money's worth when the planning committee looks you in the eye and asks you point blank, "What do you need?, What can we do to make your job easier?, Do you know of any areas where we can make improvements?, What kind of power do you need?", etc. Sure would be great to see some of our Maine pullers make an effort to make it to this event as well. Competition should be great! This is a two day event and always proves to be a fun weekend. Please be sure to go to our links page for this event and check out the classes that will be offered each day.
We are pleased to welcome a couple of new sponsors. Central Maine Pyrotechnics and Steve Pelletier of Valley Auto (and Pelletier Ford) in Fort Kent have stepped up to the plate and their sponsorships will certainly help to ensure that our pull sled is in top form and you folks keep getting the first rate shows that you've come to expect from us over the years. We greatly appreciate their support and welcome them to our family. Please be sure to check out their businesses on our links page.
The sled is looking great as maintenance, additions and improvements are coming along nicely. A locking door has been added to the cab and we are presently adding wear surface to the pan. There is still much to be done but, rest assured, we'll be more than ready by the first pull.
As always, we hope that all of you have had a good, productive winter and that the warm winds of spring find you finishing up work on your rides as well. As I have mentioned in the past, I am excited to see some of the new rides, drivers, teams and competions that we will surely have this year as there seems to be a bit of a shake up, of sorts, taking place in several classes. I anticipate good things for the year and can't wait to see all of you again at the pulls.