Charity car show adds truck-pulling competitionWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio is hoping to have a lot of people pulling for it Oct. 1.
The charity’s annual fundraiser, OcTABerfest!, will include a new event this year: the Pull-A-Mac competition, where teams of 10 people will pull a 41,000-pound McDonald’s truck and trailer 50 feet as quickly as possible.
“We got the idea from some other houses in the nation that have done this,” said Mike Hill, development director for Ronald McDonald House’s Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region. “Chicago pulls a 737 airplane, for example. Pensacola, Fla., pulls a fire truck. It’s the same concept, but we ended up with Pull-A-Mac, which kind of derives from the Big Mac.”
Hill said teams don’t need muscle-bound team members to compete in the bracket-style tournament.
“We did a test run to see if you can pull this thing from a stop to a finish line 50 feet away,” he said. “Our team did it in 8.8 seconds. … Once they got it going, they were able to keep it going.”
The charity needs pullers of both pop tabs and semi trucks to come out to the campus of Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, for OcTABerfest! on Oct. 1. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the truck-pulling competition set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Space in the contest is limited and teams must raise a minimum of $1,000 for the event.
Hill said the Pull-A-Mac event was added to OcTABerfest! to make the car show fundraiser more of a festival-type event.
In past years, the event has been hosted at Home Depot on Secor Road, but the truck-pulling competition required more space.
Teams can register by visiting www.firstgiving.com/rmhctoledo or www.rmhctoledo.org, where participants may register without making an upfront payment.
OcTABerfest! will also include a car show and kids’ area. Dave Holmes, sports director at 13abc, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Attendees are reminded to bring along pop tabs as part of Ronald McDonald House’s ongoing tab drive. OcTABerfest! serves as the region’s single-largest tab collection event, pulling in more than 1 million tabs each of the past two years.
The charity car, truck and cycle show is expected to feature more than 150 vehicles. Dash plaques will be provided for up to 200 vehicles. Owners may register the day of the show beginning at 9 a.m. for $10, or for $8 in advance.
The Kids Zone will feature inflatable bouncers, games and Ronald McDonald character.
All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio, a nonprofit organization that provides services for families of children with life-threatening illnesses who are receiving treatment at local hospitals.
For more information on registering for the Pull-A-Mac contest or the car show, email email@example.com or call (419) 471-4663.