This summer, Edgewood is going to be trucking with excitement. To kick off the festivities, there will be a truck and tractor pull taking place on June 4th. The truck and tractor pull is sanctioned by Tri-State Truck and Tractor Pullers, and sponsored by the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce.
This year marks the second anniversary of the Pullin’ for Kids Truck and Tractor Pull. Last year, with over 1,500 people in attendance, this event raised over $8,000 to donate to the Ronald McDonald House at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Even though it was a rainy weekend, many volunteers came together to make this event a success, whether it was helping to maintain the track or serve Edgewood Locker Brats.
Some of the featured drivers are Lavern and Jeff Kelchen, who operate “Corn Burner”. It's a Modified two-wheel-drive truck. The Kelchen clan began their pulling career after watching their brother in law, DJ Sullivan. Since starting this fun activity, they have gone through several trucks and learned a lot over the years. They have created friendships with other pullers and their families. Lavern and Jeff’s nephew, Jason Sullivan, has joined the pulling team and has his own truck named “The Agitator”. Staci and Kyle Sullivan, daughter and son of DJ Sullivan, have followed in their father’s footsteps and each of them has a pulling truck of their own known. Those respective vehicles are dubbed “Borrowed Parts” and “Bearly Legal”. Truck pulling has definitely become a family event for this boisterous crew.
Pullin’ for Kids has a positive impact on the Edgewood community, which makes it such an important event. Many families in the area have been personally impacted by illnesses that sent them to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. These families have shared their stories.
If you are interested in volunteering or sharing your U of I Children’s Hospital story with the community, check out the event online. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 4th, and plan of spending the day in Edgewood, for the Pullin’ for Kids Truck and Tractor Pull.