If there is one thing the PurpleHull Pea Festival is known for - besides peas - it's the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.
The good folks at magnoliareporter.com and KZHE are the sponsors of the race this year. The track is 200 feet in length, so we refer to it as the "magnoliareporter.com / KZHE 200 World Championship Rotary Tiller Race."
Begun as a lark at the very first PurpleHull Pea Festival in 1990, it has evolved into a monster.
There simply is no other event like it. Unique among motor sports, we like to say it is the highlight of the tiller racing season.
'Course, to the best of our knowledge, our one-day event is the tiller racing season.
Souped-up garden tillers from near and far come to compete in the world's premiere tiller racing event.
are several racing categories.
For instance, an officially sanctioned tiller track is 200 feet in length. Racers - or tiller pilots, as they are sometimes called - must wear shoes. (Yes, some weren't.)
The 2012 tiller race rules will be
the same as the 2011 rules.
They can be viewed by clicking
on Tiller Race Rules.
Check the rules for specifics on each category.
Interested in racing? Download the Tiller Race Application, as well as the rules, and come to Emerson on June 30.
If you want to see a motor race you'll never forget, be sure to be in Emerson, Arkansas, June 30, 2012.
You won't regret it.
See you there!
We have other attractions at the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race. Check out the Tiller Girls.
Click on tiller audio to hear an audio wav file of KZHE's Dave Sehon calling a previous World Championship Rotary Tiller Race (362K).
We became a true "world" championship race in 1995. Read about our first international tiller racer, Dominique Niessen, of Holland.
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