Julie and Jim Eckenrod are surrounded by family members — (from left) grandchildren Alyssa and Jacob, daughter-in-law Melanie Davis and grandchildren James and Michael — on the track that will hold the Kenwood Avenue Nationals this week.

Annual pull has become a family affair

Trucks and tractors will descend upon city this weekend for Kenwood Nationals


All was relatively quiet last Thursday at the track that will host the Kenwood Avenue Nationals this upcoming weekend.
The big National Tractor Pullers Association event was still eight days away, and the extended family of Jim and Julie Eckenrod was getting ready for an event that has become a New Hampton summer staple.
Jim Eckenrod, who has been a part of what family members refer to simply as “the pull” from the very beginning, his wife and their daughter-in-law, Melanie Davis, talked in the building that housed the food stand.
The Davis cousins — Alyssa, Jacob, Michael and James — chatted in one corner.
It was the calm before the proverbial storm.
— For more on the Kenwood Avenue Nationals, see the July 11 Tribune

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