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Florida Tugs event set for March 10

March 7, 2018

In January, nearly 1,000 spectators braved the cold and filled the stands at the Lee County Posse Arena for an evening of trucks battling for tug-of-war supremacy.

On Saturday, Florida Tugs will be doing it all over again for the second of its two annual visits to the arena at 17401 Palm Creek Drive starting at 6 p.m.

The event has been put on for about the last 20 years, though this is the first time the second event will be held in March, with hope it will bring in more fans than when they ran the second event in April after many of the snowbirds have left.

Underneath the dirt of the arena is a 160-feet long, 15-feet wide concrete landing strip on which the competitors will battle in two weight classes, 6,750 and 9,000 pounds, in a best two-out-of-three falls matchup.

Unlike what you might expect, there isn't much in the way of spinning tires or the smell of rubber. Those who succeed have a very keen foot on the gas, with finesse being the most likely way to victory.

Once the event is over, the track will be covered again, with the turning over of the dirt proving beneficial for the horses who race there as it makes the track less hard.

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This is important. Although there will not be a Cracker Day Rodeo this year because of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the Fort Myers PRCA Rodeo is scheduled for March 23 and 24.

The Cracker Day Rodeo was officially cancelled shortly after the first Tug event. Officials hope events like this help raise money to continue to rebuild the arena.

Weigh-in will be at 4 p.m., with the drivers meeting just before the event. Tickets are $15 for adults, with children 10 and under free. The arena will be in charge of the food and parking.

For more information, call 340-4020 or go to the Florida Tugs Facebook page.



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