Just the mention of the Johnson County Fair in Tecumseh "tugs" at John Vossler's heartstrings. They're the first county fair that hired him to run their children's pedal pull competition.
A quarter of a century later, this man from Plymouth, Nebraska has made a summertime tradition out of pedal pulling, "I guess I've never grown up. I'm still playin' with toy tractors as you can tell."
26 years ago, John started a business called "Little Tuggers," "I always wanted to get into big tractor pullin', but I can't afford that so."
Many years later, the president of the Nebraska Pedal Puller Association still finds joy in pedal pulling, "You get to meet new people and you get to see the smiles on the kids."
And the smiles usually come from the kids that achieve whats commonly known in the business as a "full pull." A full pull takes place when this box of weights gets to the top of the sled.
Hundreds of kids from all over the state have qualified for this Saturday's state tournament that will be held at the State Fair in Grand Island.