The small-town community of New Vienna will be welcoming guests this weekend to help support a family that is going through some tough times. The 33rd New Vienna Tractor Pull will be held this Sunday, Sept. 8, to support the Mark and Kathy Klostermann family from Bankston.
Mark Klostermann has been battling neuromuscular disease for five years. It started when he noticed weakness in his extremities. Doctors struggled determining what he was suffering from. In January 2019, he was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS.
The father of four and his wife will benefit from the money raised from this year’s tractor pull.
“People will come for the family and the pull,” Lynne Willenborg, head of donations said. “The tractor pull has drawn a large crowd in the past, so I expect thousands of people to attend this year.”
The New Vienna Tractor Pullers Association decides every year where the funds raised will go. The Fire Department and Marty Krapfl have benefited from this fundraiser over the last couple of years. Ultimately, the deciding factor on who or what the Tractor Pull is for comes down to who needs it.
Antique and Farm classes will be pulling during the day with a children’s pedal pull at 1 p.m.
What makes this fundraiser so successful, Willenborg believes, is the communities in the surrounding area.
“Small-town people,” she said, “they just know the families and want to help. This is a good family event with a family feel.”
The phrase for the Tractor Pull this year is “Dusty rims, rusty bolts, big hearts, from small-town folks.”
Silent and live auctions will be taking place throughout the day. The silent auction will start at the beginning of the day and will end at 3 p.m. Items range from toys, homemade wine and coolers, to a trip to Nashville.
Live auction items will be sold between tractor pulls, 50/50 tickets will be available with a drawing and a food stand will be open as well.
“The family is close friends of mine,” Willenborg said. “So, I’d love to have people come out and support.”
Mark and Kathy Klostermann are the parents of Jacob, Samantha, Joseph and Nicholas. Mark is currently undergoing treatment for his disease to slow it down. The Klostermann family still faces challenges every day, so this fundraiser will help lighten the load.
Monetary donations are being accepted at DuTrac Community Credit Union.