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Tilling the soil the Arkansas way

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 01:19

July 9 - A rather obscure race is taking place in Emerson, Arkansas, where participants fight for the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race title. Tara Cleary reports.

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Beefed-up garden tillers in a high octane dash. It's the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race, which began as a bit of fun in 1990, but is now the highlight of the Purple Hull Pea festival in Arkansas. Organizer Bill Dailey describes it as … SOUNDBITE: Bill Dailey, Organizer, saying (English): "A race of souped-up garden tillers going down a 200-foot track and speeds that kind of defy the imagination, some of them with a person behind them going greater than 20 mph average speed." Besides different race categories, there aren't many rules, except that shoes are compulsory. And even though some machines got the better of their operators contestants still try and plough ahead. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified spectator, saying (English): "They're crazy but they know how to have fun." SOUNDBITE: Wayne Waller, racer, saying (English): "I don't have no strategy, just hold on and go." The winner of the main race was Kelly Nelson. SOUNDBITE: Kelly Nelson, winner of main race, saying (English): "I'm about to get too old, I'll be forty in November and I barely can do it, but it's still fun and if I come back next year, I plan to get somebody else to run my tiller." And once the racers get going, you don't see them for dust!

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Tilling the soil the Arkansas way

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 01:19