The Ultimate Tug-Of-War Event
Dude, the Wapak Tug-Fest was nuts! I travel all over the nation with 4x4cross and see tugs, grudge pulls, back-to-back hooks, and all sorts of ways of strapping one truck to another, for all kinds of reasons, from winning money to just basically a way to see who’s got bigger . . . well, you-know-whats. But none are as large or as grand in scope as what the folks at WTF have created. The crazy thing is the organizational efficiency at which they carry out the event—all the while throwing a sick party with chicks everywhere. Heck, it’s worth going just for the latter.
—Ricky B. Wilson
The Wapak Tug-Fest is held in Wapakoneta, Ohio, hardly a stone’s throw from Lima where the big Family Events 4 Wheel Jamborees are held. This particular WTF event featured over 200 trucks hooking up back-to-back on the pad and drew enough people that attendance was knocking on the door of 10,000-plus. We’ve been told that Tug-Fest spectator numbers have been as large as 22,000 in the past.
Every year they try different events to change it up. In the past on the Friday before the weekend tugs, a truck sled pull competition was held. At this event the guys held special Unlimited class back-to-back tugs. The trucks could run any kind of tires, from comp racing tires to straight drag slicks. Later Friday night they threw a huge concert lineup and party. Lenny Cooper, Moccasin Creek, and the LACS all threw down on stage. Our buds from Club Mud helped coordinate it all and of course hosted the after-party. Heck, even Ricky B got on stage a few times to get the crowd riled up.
The pulls on Saturday consisted of three classes divided by weight. Everything from gas trucks to diesels to trucks on Rockwells hooked up all afternoon and into the night. The competition was smooth but with nonstop action. The entire tug was carried out quickly and concisely so that there really wasn’t a break in the action. The crowd had no time to just stand around and wait—cheering, yelling, and partying was constant. The best part of it all was the crazy truck action and the laidback party atmosphere. We literally felt like we were at a major college football game tailgate party the entire time.
This event is definitely worth putting on your calendar. Get out there for the trucks, and stay for the party.