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Lee County Posse Arena to host unique truck event

January 10, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

It will be a very busy winter at the Lee County Posse Arena, and it all begins with an event that has taken its spot as one of the bigger ones of the year. Florida Tugs will presents its truck tug-o-war on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the arena at 17401 Palm Creek Drive.

The event has been put on for about the last 20 years. Last January's event brought in nearly 1,000 spectators, with the same, if not more, expected this time, assuming the weather isn't too cold.

"It's a lot of fun for the kids and the whole family, and it gives them a night out. We try to get things done at a decent hour so they're not out too late," said Keith Gogolin, who runs Florida Tugs.

Underneath the dirt of the arena is a 160-feet long, 15-feet wide concrete landing strip on which the competitors will battle in two weight classes, 6,750 and 9,000 pounds, in a best two-out-of-three falls matchup.

The event is for bragging rights and simply having a good time, Gogolin said.

"It's just a fun night. You don't get rich, but you have a good time and it keeps people off the street and getting into trouble," Gogolin said.

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Once the event is over, the track will be covered again, with the turning over of the dirt proving beneficial for the horses who race there as it makes the track less hard.

Weigh-in will be at 4 p.m., with the drivers meeting just before the event. Tickets are $15 for adults, with children 10 and under free. The arena will be in charge of the food and parking.

Another tug-o-war is slated for March 10 at the arena. Gogolin said the spring event was usually held in April, but he hopes holding it earlier will result in a better crowd before the snowbirds go home.

For more information, call 340-4020 or go to the Florida Tugs Facebook page.



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