Pulls / Draws

It all comes down to bragging rights: Whose truck, tractor, or livestock can haul the most tonnage. Five separate competitions will take place to determine the winners.

And while the categories are very different, each contest traces its roots to the 1860s when farming machines were pulled by horse, and farmers would boast about the strength of their horses. The farmers would make lofty claims, then challenge one another to contests to see who had the strongest horse. The tradition is alive and well at the Berlin Fair.

Horse Drawing Contest

  1. All horses must have a negative Coggins test within 12 months of the show date.

Horses stabled out of state must have a Certificate of Health.

The Eastern Draft Horse Association Rules will prevail. The boat must be drawn 6 feet except when determining the winners. There must be at least four teams in each class. All teams in 3,000 and 3,300 to be weighed in at the Berlin Fair Grounds Saturday 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon.

Each Team not receiving a premium to receive $30.00. Team must be hooked.

  • Class 1 – 3000 lbs. and under
  • Class 2 – 3300 lbs. and under
  • Class 3 – Over 3000 lbs.
  • First: $230.00, Trophy, and Rosette
  • Second: $200.00 and Rosette
  • Third: $175.00 and Rosette
  • Fourth: $150.00 and Rosette
  • Fifth: $130.00 and Rosette
  • Sixth: $105.00 and Rosette
  • Seventh: $90.00 and Rosette
  • Eighth: $70.00 and Rosette

Oxen and Cattle Drawing Contest

All cattle in this class must be tuberculin tested. Exhibitors must have the papers available.

Cattle to be weighed in at the Berlin Fair Grounds.

Connecticut Ox Owners and Drivers Association Rules will prevail.

Use of plastic and fiberglass stick is prohibited! No face whipping will be allowed. Novice class welcome to hitch in lightest class but not eligible for hitching premium.

Each team not receiving a premium to receive $30.00. Team must be hooked.

  1. 2451 to 2850 Class
  2. 2851 to 3250 Class
  3. Over 3250 Class
  4. 2000 to 2450 Class
  • First: $180.00, Trophy, Rosette
  • Second: $155.00 and Rosette
  • Third: $130.00 and Rosette
  • Fourth: $105.00 and Rosette
  • Fifth: $80.00 and Rosette
  • Sixth: $70.00 and Rosette
  • Seventh: $60.00 and Rosette
  • Eighth: $45.00 and Rosette

Pony Pull

Connecticut Draft Pony Association Rules will prevail.

Each team not receiving a premium to receive $30.00.

Team must be hooked.

  1. Pony Pull Under 46″
  2. Pony Pull Under 50″
  • First: $180.00, Trophy, and Rosette
  • Second: $155.00 and Rosette
  • Third: $130.00 and Rosette
  • Fourth: $105.00 and Rosette
  • Fifth: $80.00 and Rosette
  • Sixth: $70.00 and Rosette
  • Seventh: $60.00 and Rosette

Truck Pull

Weigh-in/Sign-up – 9 am – Noon.

Stock 4 Wheel Drive Truck and SUV Pulling Rules

  • Alcoholic beverages and/or Drugs will be IMMEDIATE cause for DISQUALIFICATION of VEHICLE AND DRIVER.
  • The Fair, Sled Operator and Helpers are NOT responsible for breakage or HARM TO THE PULLING Vehicle or Persons involved.
  • Registration will be 9am to 12pm. NO REGISTRATION AFTER PULLS BEGIN.
  • Registration Fee will be $25.00 for each puller in each class.
  • Open to STREET LEGAL vehicles, GAS or DIESEL, ONE FULE ONLY, NO ADDITIVES.
  • MUST show CURRENT vehicle registration and insurance when signing in.
  • DRIVERS must be at least 18 years of age, UNDER 18 with signed Parental Consent and PARENT must be PRESENT and DRIVE ON and OFF track.
  • Drivers MUST west Helmets, Seatbelts and Shirts.
  • Drives MUST have COMPLETE CONTROL at all times. NO HOT RODDING PERMITTED.
  • All Vehicles MUST be in PARK or NEUTRAL while being hooked to Sled.
  • NO JERKING CHAIN. TIGHT CHAIN ONLY.
  • The Number 1 or 2 puller is the TEST puller in each class. When Sled is set, that puller can ACCEPT that PULL or PULL AGAIN IMMEDIATELY.
  • The Hitch Point MUST NOT be over 26” high and be able to receive Hook on Sled (2.5”) will be measured at a straight outward position.
  • Only a mechanical Failure will allow anyone to pull again at the end of a class.
  • Any Vehicle that goes on or over Boundary Lines will be DISQUALIFIED.
  • Vehicles that need extra weight for a class, MUST have WEIGHT SECURED.
  • No ADDED WEIGHT IN FRONT OF STOCK BUMPER SUPPORT, PLOW HITCH OR WINCH OK. ADD FRONT WEIGHT IN OPEN CLASS ONLY.
  • U-JOINTS MUST be DUCT TAPED if exposed or in sight.
  • The 1st and 2nd WINNERS in all Classes MUST weigh out if Scales are available.
  • D.O.T. TIRES ONLY.
  • No solid suspension – 1 inch clearance required.
  • REESE HITCH TYPE ONLY, – NO TRUCK HITCHES

General Contest Rules

  1. The pull promoters, sponsors, landowners and the track and sled operators assume NO responsibility for loss, theft, bodily injury, and/or to the participant and/or property competing. Operators shall use all due consideration for the safety of other contestants and spectators.
  2. Each contestant will be governed by two or more judges with all of their decisions FINAL.
  3. Pulling vehicle must be operated in a safe manner at all times. Judges and track officials retain the right to stop and disqualify any vehicle and/or operator (contestant). Disqualification will result in a forfeit of all entrance fees and immediate dismissal from grounds.
  4. Operators (contestants) must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 years of age with parental consent. Consent must be signed in the presence of the Judges at the time and day of the event or be in the form of blanket permission from the parent or guardian witnessed by a notary public.
  5. Release and indemnity form must be signed by driver and assistant.
  6. A $25.00 dollar insurance fee for each driver per event will be charged.
  7. Registration will be closed for each class, when the class begins pulling.
  8. Obvious use of/or consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or other intoxicating substances will be grounds for disqualification and dismissal from the grounds.
  9. The number of classes that each vehicle may enter shall be determined for each event and will be subject to the constraints of the schedule for each event. Any and all limitations to the number of classes that a vehicle may enter must be set in advance by the truck pull sponsors.
  10. All vehicles pulling in any class must remain in the pit area, unless called to staging area or actually pulling on the track.
  11. All pulls shall be operated with a minimum of two flagmen. Flag man No. 1 will be responsible for the readiness of the track and Flag man No. 2 will be responsible for the balance of the course and for flagging the contestant to stop when all forward motion of the sled or drag has ceased or contestant crossed the full pull mark or at any time excessive bouncing of contestant’s vehicle occurs and/or if a dangerous or hazardous situation develops.
  12. At any time when a contestant is flagged to stop because of a situation or hazard beyond the contestant’s control; he or she must immediately stop forward motion and when hazard is cleared, contestant will be allowed one (1) re-pull.
  13. Pulling position will be determined by drawing numbers at the registration trailer for each class.
  14. No. 1 puller in each class will be the TEST PULLER and may keep the pull if the sled stays the same, or contestant may re-hook right after his or her turn if the sled is altered. The contestant may also pull in the sixth position if he or she is not happy with the test pull (regardless of a sled alteration). If a contestant experiences mechanical problems during a test pull (before the first official pull) he or she will have the option of dropping to sixth or last position. If sled needs further adjustments, the first puller after the adjustment will be deemed the No. 1 puller. All decisions on re-pulls must be made before vehicle in question is unhooked from sled. On any re-pull which is necessary because of a contest, sled, or drag malfunction, the puller, at his or her discretion, may drop back six positions. Any disqualification on the first attempt bars a second attempt. In a pull-off, after first vehicle has made a legal pull, all remaining vehicles must hook and pull at that weight and sled or drag setting. The sled may be reset after the 1st puller in a pull off, only if a full pull is made (only 1 time). Professional courtesy will be maintained with regard to sled and truck malfunctions in a pull-off.
  15. The truck that pulls the sled or drag the greatest distance will be the winner for all places. In the event of a tie, in any of the premium places, a pull-off will determine the winner for that place.
  16. Vehicle must be in neutral or park while being hitched and/or unhitched. Driver should raise both hands in the air to indicate to track officials and hitchman that vehicle has been placed in neutral. Driver may, at his discretion, shut down vehicle while being hitched and/or unhitched and is recommended for safety.
  17. Excessive time will not be allowed on the scales.
  18. Excessive loss of a liquid by a vehicle during the contest, on the track, will be cause for disqualification unless due to internal breakage. Weight in any form or state may not be intentionally expelled or removed from the contestant vehicle until after it is weighed out, after each pull.
  19. Pulling vehicles and sled or drag must not cross designated boundaries. Out of bounds driver and vehicle will be disqualified for that pull. The flaps on the sled, weight machine, or drag may cross the boundaries provided that no other part of the sled or drag crossed.
  20. No one will be allowed in the track area, except for pull officials, drivers on deck, and one designated assistant. These people will be appropriately marked and this rule will be strictly enforced for the safety of everyone. Track area is defined as the enclosed fence area where the event is taking place.
  21. Drivers must weigh in before each class. All additional weight must be located in the rear bed of the truck.
  22. External batteries must be completely enclosed.
  23. All vehicles putting on an exposition will have the registration fee waived, and all expositions will only be allowed if TIME IS AVAILABLE.
  24. All vehicles must have a clevis facing straight back.
  25. All classes, drivers MUST wear a helmet.
  26. At the beginning of each class the pay loader will make the same number of passes per vehicle until the duration of the class.
  27. If for any reason a problem occurs during an event a chairman list will be available at the announcers booth. Refer to the chairman on the list for a quick resolution to the problem.
  28. Taking a break in the middle of a class will not be acceptable.
  29. There will be a three (3) truck minimum in order to run a class, unless okayed by the officials at each event.

Rules Pertaining to Dynamic Sled

Wheel and/or Friction Transfer type

  1. All pulls made during a contest will be measured. Measurement of a pull distance from the beginning of the course, taken from the farthest point either on the front or the rear of the sled to the same point on the sled at the end of the pull; measured in a plane perpendicular to the starting line and parallel to the track boundaries. (The distance is to be measured diagonally or as a function of the sled’s course within the track boundaries).
  2. All pulling must start with a tight hitch; NO JERKING permitted. Contestants will be allowed two consecutive attempts within the distance of 25 percent or a maximum of 50 feet of a FULL PULL.
  3. Each contestant will provide one (1) and only one (1) assistant to indicate position of sled, before start of previous pull, to track officials. The sled will not be moved after it has returned to the starting line. Once sled is in motion NO ONE is allowed within 25 feet, any direction, except for the flag man.

General Technical Rules

  1. The hitch must be rigid in all directions and solidly mounted to vehicle. Hitch point may be a 3/4 inch Ð 1 inch diameter hole in 3/8 inch gauge steel capable of accepting a clevis pin assembly. The clevis pin assembly will be provided by the contestant; clevis must have a 3 inch diameter opening and pass Technical Committee or Judges inspection. The effective pulling point (place where draw bar attaches to the vehicle) before, during and after the pull may be NO further forward than 36 inches from the center line of the rear axle.
    • 4 WD: The hitch point (place where sled or drag hook attaches to the vehicle) must be back from the center line of the rear axle and a distance of at least 20 percent of the distance of the vehicle’s wheel base.
    • 2 WD: The hitch point (place where sled or drag hook attaches to the vehicle) must be back from the center line of the rear axle and NO further back than 12 inches from the end of a stock chassis for that vehicle.

    Have all hitches exposed so it will be easier and safer for sled man to hook you up.

    All hitches will be inspected by the Technical Committee, and if considered unsafe, vehicle will be disqualified until hitch is changed and approved in conformance to safety requirements.

    All trucks must have drive shaft loops on exposed shafts (except street driven trucks).

    **Any first time puller must have duck tape on U-Joints (unless Tech feels it’s unsafe).**

    • NO ball hitches allowed.
    • NO loose chain hitches allowed.
    • NO cable hitches allowed.
    • Winches may not be used in any way.
    • Hydraulic draw bars must be locked and conform to above rules.
  2. Hitch height must not exceed 26 inches with all weights in final position on vehicle and driver seated in position. Hitch height will be measured from level ground to the TOP of the rigid point where the sled or drag hooks to the clevis. A clevis facing straight back will be provided by the contestant.
  3. Added weight to competing vehicle must be solid material, securely mounted and fastened down, and no higher and no wider than the body profile of the vehicle. Added weight may be mounted on front of vehicle.
  4. Any weight coming loose and falling to the track during a pull, while pulling vehicle is hooked to sled or drag will result in disqualification of vehicle for that class.
  5. Contests are open to vehicles with rubber tire; NO Studs, and NO Chains allowed.
  6. All vehicles must have closed doors if factory equipped. If doors are not factory equipped on vehicle, driver must use seat belts. All doors must have single latch design to be opened from both the inside and outside.
  7. Vehicle must have D.O.T. approved tires with a tread width (face of tire) not to exceed ten (10) inches. Tread design must be standard or mud and snow tread design conventionally used on pickup trucks. Paddle tires, bar tires, tractor tires, forklift tires, slicks, etc. are not allowed in this division.
  8. All vehicles may run without tail gate or rear door for safety hitch visibility.
  9. All vehicles must carry a 2-1/2 or larger Dry Chemical Extinguisher of the BC or ABC type in current good working condition. Fire extinguisher must be installed in such a manner as to be easily accessible to driver of the vehicle when seated in driver’s seat.
  10. In all designated 2-Wheel Drive classes, vehicle will be STRICTLY 2-WHEEL DRIVE vehicles. NO 4-WHEEL DRIVE vehicles with front or rear drive disengagement will be allowed.
  11. A puller that is not technically correct for the class they have registered for will move to the next appropriate class.
  12. Vehicles can pull in any higher class (Street Driven to Super Stock or Super Stock to Open) provided that the vehicle is still capable of completely passing the technical requirements of its original class.
    If the vehicle is changed in any way, it then must pass ALL of the requirements of the class it is going to pull in.
  13. Neutral Safety Switches and Lights are recommended, but not mandatory.
  14. All vehicles must pass technical inspection and have Judges permission to pull; any technical problems must be rectified in order to pull.
    A first time puller is anyone that is pulling for the first time.
  15. Three Minute Role
    Three minutes start at time the truck is called on the track by track official.
    The primary flagger is the track official, three minutes start at that time.
  16. Do not switch drivers in the middle of class.
  • Gas Only – 5000 Lb
  • Gas Only – 6000 Lb
  • Gas Only – 7000 Lb
  • Diesel Only – 7000 Lb
  • Diesel Only – 8000 Lb
  • Open 10,000 Lb
Pulls / Draws