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Die Hard Reloaded, Tasmania Angel, Comin’ Undone and Thunder Mug, no, this is not a list of wrestling personas, though the last one does have a nice ring to it. It is actually the titles of a few trucks that participated in the 22nd Annual Pulling for the Kids Truck and Tractor Pull that took place this past Saturday, June 4. The event was organized by the Southern Missouri Truck & Tractor Pulling Association (SMTTPA) and the Masonic Lodge, specifically the Webster Lodge #98. The pull organizes each year to raise funds to benefit the Marshfield and Niangua schools backpack program. 

The event was great for truck pulling enthusiasts, but it was also for a good cause. In fact over half the drivers donated their winnings to the backpack programs. According to SMTTPA, drivers donated half of their winnings, calculating around $2,000. However, the final number won’t be known until June 28, where the Masonic Lodge will triple the evenings proceeds to give back to the backpack program. 

“We still have some sponsorship money to collect and a few more expenses to pay. It will probably be a couple more weeks before we have a final number,” shared Shawn Horton, Sr. Warden of Webster County Lodge #98.”

The Lodge donated to Children's Miracle Network in the past, however, now ensures the donated funds stay local.

“The last several years we have given all the proceeds to the backpack programs that way it all stays local,” explained Horton.

Horton also commented that the pull was able to raise $9,000 for both schools last year, a truly noble cause.

“Thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued support, to the community for coming out to watch, to all the volunteers who put in countless hours to make the pull a success and to SMTTPA and all the drivers for putting on a great show,” shared Horton. “Without all of you, we would not be able to put on this event and give so much back to our community.”  

If you missed the truck and tractor pull, don’t worry, the sport will return to Marshfield on July 1 at the Webster County Fair. 

Follow SMTTPA on Facebook for more details.

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