The night the lights went out in Mt. Vernon

Ryan Squibb

A beautiful sunset makes a good back drop for the high flying American flag flown by the Mt. Vernon Fire Department at Saturday night’s Mount Vernon FFA tractor pull.

A 1984 Chevrolet truck pulls the Spring River Pulling Association sled out of the southside darkness and into the light of the north side of the stadium. (Photos by Ryan Squibb)

Last weekend’s Mount Vernon FFA tractor pull might be remembered not only for what spectators saw, but also what they didn’t see, as the southern lighting unit caught fire causing the lights to completely go out on the south side of the stadium at Mt. Vernon Middle School.
Thanks to electrician Melvin Morris, of Betherum Electric, who happened to be in attendance, the lights were eventually fixed and fully functional, with the assistance of a boom truck.
Despite the lighting snafu, the event went smoothly with the help of many volunteers and FFA’ers. A total of 87 pulls were recorded for the evening, for the 600 some odd attendees who watched.
Mount Vernon FFA advisor Steven Prewitt was pleased with the fundraiser.
“Once the sun went down we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful evening. The Mount Vernon FFA really appreciates all the support of the local citizens coming out and participating and watching the pull,” Prewitt said. “We were blessed to have our own students pull in the tractor pull, sing the national anthem, lead a prayer, serve food, and collect money at the gate. We could not have done any of this if it were not for the Mount Vernon FFA Booster Club and all the businesses that helped support the pull.”


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