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A tractor heads down the track at the 33rd Annual Tractor Pull in New Vienna Sept. 8, 2019. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s event expects to draw a lot of pullers.

CORRECTION:  The original story included an incorrect date. The tractor pull is on Sunday, Sept. 13. The story has been corrected below.

Tractor pullers from several states will be flocking to New Vienna Sunday, Sept. 13, for the 34th annual New Vienna Tractor Pull. Organizers of the event expect more tractors to be in attendance this year than years before.

The day-long festivities start at 10 a.m. and a lunch stand, 50/50 raffle and live and silent auctions.

A group of beneficiaries decides who will get the money raised each year. The beneficiaries for the 2020 event are St. Boniface Parish in New Vienna and Holy Trinity Parish in Luxemburg. St. Boniface will be doing some clock repairs and Holy Trinity will remodel its bathroom to make it handicap accessible. Any money left over will go toward updating the front entrance.

“Very few small communities can support a Labor Day Picnic and a tractor pull less than a week apart,” Mike Kluesner, one of the organizers, said, “but this small community has been doing it for 34 years.”

The tractor pull first started as a way to get together for local guys and get some bragging rights. Over the years, it became a benefit for many families and organizations in the small surrounding communities.

“I like seeing the families and communities come together and the past recipients that help year after year,” Kluesner said. “Jokingly, I’ll say my favorite part is seeing the last tractor going down the track.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has added a few new twists to the event this year, but the show will go on.

“We are hoping it isn’t a problem,” Kluesner said, “but we are taking all the necessary precautions, providing extra hand washing and hand sanitizing stations, and social distancing is being encouraged. Arrangements have been made to space out silent auction items as well.”

And in case of inclement weather, a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been set. An account has been set up at Citizens State Bank in New Vienna for any cash donations.

“We encourage everyone to come out and spend the day outside with their family,” Kluesner said. “Come join us for a fun-filled day.”