Charlestown, Indiana (November 1, 2016) - The 2016 PPL Banquet at the acclaimed Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday October 29th set a record for attendance with over 420 pullers, member-state representatives, and sponsors set to recognize their peers in the awards ceremony. Crash Gladys emceed the program for the evening and kept the program moving masterfully.
In addition to the Champions Tour, Ag Protect 1 Silver Series, and Wagler Competition Products Mid West Region class champions recognition, there were four special awards given out during the evening.
The Melba King Scholarship Award continues to provide valued assistance to college students that have ties to the sport of pulling. This year Olivia Widenmeyer, Jenna Bieker, Gracie Russell, and Jacklyn Bond were awarded with scholarships in Mrs. Kings’ memory.
The Puller of the Year award went to a veteran puller in a relatively new class as Erik Stacey from the ARP Super Stock Diesel Truck class captured this coveted honor for 2016.
The 2016 Pull of the Year went to the Ohio State Benefit Pull in Greenville, Ohio. The Barga Family (shown with Kristi Chastain and John Mears) who promote the event were recognized for a superb show over the course of two sessions in 2016.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to a man whose impact upon his community goes far beyond the Marshall-Putnam Fairgrounds in Henry, Illinois where his “America’s Pull” event is hosted. Jerry Read was not only recognized for his longstanding efforts as a top-notch promoter of truck and tractor pulling but for his servant leadership qualities in multiple local organizations that set him apart from his peers.
In the coming days we will focus the spotlight on the class points champions from the Ag Protect 1 Silver Series, Wagler Competition Products Mid West Region, and the Prairie Brand Seeds Western Series.
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