May 24, 2018
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Millinocket truck pull still a go for Saturday, organizers say

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Don’t be fooled by Friday’s rainy and overcast skies: The Northern Timber Cruisers Truck Pull at Millinocket Regional Airport on Saturday is still a go, organizer Brian Wiley said.

“I expect that everything is going to be fine,” Wiley said Friday. “It is supposed to be a good day tomorrow.

“If it were a pouring rainstorm, we would postpone it,” Wiley added. “There’s track work we have to do tomorrow, but that should be about it. Everything else is ready to go.”

The event likely will draw at least 120 vehicles, ranging from street-legal pickup trucks to monster tractor-trailers, and it already has attracted some major sponsors, including Dysart’s, Daigle & Houghton Inc., Mack Truck, Bangor Truck and Trailer Inc. and Freightliner and Western Star of Maine Inc., according to “American Loggers” co-star Jeff Pelletier.

The Pelletier family built the track for free and is co-hosting the event with the Northern Timber Cruisers Club of Millinocket, of which Wiley is a member, to raise money for the club’s efforts to build multi-use recreational trails in the Katahdin region.

Admission is $10 for adults and includes parking. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. Temporary bleachers, concession stands and parking areas are among the amenities.

The gates will open at 11 a.m., and competitor preregistration will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. The competition starts at 2 p.m. and will move briskly, Wiley said.

The weather forecast calls for mostly sunny skies on Saturday with high temperatures of about 74 degrees, but if it is still rainy on Saturday, organizers will decide that morning whether to proceed. If the event is postponed, the next day, Sunday, is its rainout date, Wiley said.

If the event is postponed, notice will be posted at sometime Saturday morning.

Town and airport officials have been working with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure that the airport’s primary functions are not compromised, Wiley said. During the event, the airport’s main runway will be open as normal, and the secondary runway will be open essentially to emergency landings only, according to airport manager Dennis Cox.

Eldon Pelletier said he hopes spectators will come to downtown Millinocket on Saturday during and after the event to sample downtown restaurants, including his.

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