Truck pull a family affair

THE Mount Perry truck pull was a family affair this year, as Ashley Allen and his daughter Zara each competed in the annual event.

Pitting muscle power against the tonnage of fire and mining trucks, the event drew a number of people to the picturesque Mount Perry.

Mr Allen spent the morning watching his daughter, who weighs no more than 30 kilograms, play her part in hauling a nearly seven-tonne fire truck with her classmates.

"That was her first time she was involved in the truck pull," Mr Allen said

"It's a good family day, a great event and she had a ball."

Zara was thrilled by her first time competing in the truck pull with her classmates and is excited for the next event.

"It was so fun being able to be in a team with my friends," she said. "We didn't expect to be able to pull the truck so easily."

All of the junior teams made it look easy as they pulled the truck its designated distance in quick succession.

The senior event, which pitted adults against a mining dump truck, had those teams also making things look easier than they were.

However, when the Mount Rawdon team took up their positions for their final pull, the thick industrial-sized rope snapped, sending the whole team flying backwards, much to the delight of the spectators.

"The rope snapping in the final was slightly unexpected," Mr Allen said

"Unfortunate, but such is life."

The event is something that helps to bring the community together and the festive atmosphere permeated the main street of Mt Perry.

Music played throughout the day as visitors and locals alike enjoyed everything on offer from market stalls to a variety of food and drinks.

"It's a great event and it's always fun to be part of something of this magnitude," Mr Allen said

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