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Press Release 5/20/2020
2020 Chapel Hill Event Has Been Cancelled; 2021 Edition Set for July 23-24
[ChapelHill] Worthington, Ohio---The Chapel Hill Lions Club has announced the cancellation of the Lions Super Pull of the South for 2020. The decision comes in response to the ongoing health and economic crises that have wracked the United States since the outbreak of COVID-19 in late winter.
The NTPA Super National event, originally planned for Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, will not be rescheduled in 2020. Per the Lions' and the Association's multiyear sanctioning agreement, dates for the 2021 edition are Friday and Saturday, July 23-24.
Chris Gilbert, the event's longtime chairman and announcer, reports that it's the first total cancellation in the Super Pull's history, which dates to 1976. "We've lost a session to rain here and there over the years," Gilbert noted, "but nothing like this has ever hit us before.
“Nothing has hit anyone like this before."
"We know how heartbreaking this news is for our great pulling fans in Tennessee and beyond," admitted Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. "We feel the disappointment in our own office and among the competitors. All of us look forward to the honor of presenting a pull for the Lions in front of their crowds."
Since its inception, the Lions Super Pull of the South has been conducted as a fundraiser for both community projects and wellness organizations. Proceeds from each year's pull benefit Middle Tennessee Eye Bank Services and the Monroe J. Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University.and help to fund many youth, senior citizen and community projects in Chapel Hill and surrounding Marshall County.
"At a certain point, the challenges involved in having a pull of both Chapel Hill's size and style become insurmountable in the current climate," Randall continued. "If you've been there, you know how extensively the event relies on the commitments of its local and regional sponsors and the dedicated volunteers that attend to every detail. Well, right now everyone in that sponsor book is hurting to one degree or another, and every one of those volunteers would be putting themselves at some risk, to say nothing of the competitors and spectators.
"Weighing their options, the Lions came to a tough realization that 2020 was unlikely to be the robust event they wanted," Randall surmised. "We understand their decision, and we can't wait to take part in the 2021 Super Pull."
Gilbert said that in the end, it came down to maintaining a standard. "For us, it's about giving all of our guests the entire Chapel Hill experience. Do we have the meals, the get-togethers? Do we have open pits, full stands? If we can't have that, we don't want to do it halfway.
"We'll regroup, and we'll see you all next year."
Press Release 7/22/2019
The Chapel Hill Lions Club would like to take this opportunity to apologize to our fans and supporters of the “LIONS SUPERPULL of the SOUTH TRUCK and TRACTOR PULL” for the cancellation of Saturday night’s event.
As you know, Friday night was a great night of ”Pullin” in Chapel Hill and those of you in attendance were treated to a great show.
Saturday night was set to be one of the best shows that we have been able to provide to you in the 43 year history of our “Pull”. Unfortunately, at 6:00 p.m. the skies opened up and the rain and lightning came.
The local storm that we had was not predicted and was unexpected. In an effort to provide the best event possible, we have all different phases and parts of our event set with back-up equipment and plans. We have Tennessee Emergency Management onsite and are monitoring radar and National Weather Service information for our location instantly. The storm that we experienced Saturday developed suddenly and there was no prior indications that this would happen. Also, after the storm developed, it never moved and continued to rain and lightning until around midnight.
The 4 ½” of rain in just a little over one hour and continuous lightening made it impossible and unsafe for us to attempt to have Saturday night’s event.
Our event is part of the National Tractor Puller Grand National circuit. Our dates in this circuit are the third weekend in July each year and this is the only time we can have the event. Because of the circuit schedule, there are no rain dates or make-up dates available. In fact, the pullers have to leave each year on Saturday night or early Sunday morning to arrive at the next event scheduled on the pulling circuit.
For the past 43 years, the Chapel Hill Lions Club has strived to provide to our fans a great entertainment venue for truck and tractor pulling. In the 43 years history of our event, this Saturday night was only the third time that one night the event had to be cancelled due to weather.
Our policy, like almost all outdoor sporting events, is that there are no refunds due to the event being cancelled due to weather and, because of the pulling circuit; we cannot have a make-up date. This is the policy that we have had in place for all 43 years of our event and is printed on all tickets and posted in big lettering at all tickets booths at the event site.
We hope that, even though we were not able to provide to you Saturday nights event due to weather conditions which were completely beyond our control, that you might consider your ticket purchase a contribution or donation to the many projects and organizations which we support each year, the same place you money would have gone to had we been able to host Saturday night’s pull. No one in the Lions Club receives a penny from this event and all money collected each year is used for support of such thing as the Middle Tennessee Eye Bank Services, Monroe J. Carroll, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as well as the many local youth and Senior Citizen projects we support yearly. These are the same places the money will help support again this year.
Again, we apologize for not being able to hold Saturday night’s event but please know the cancellation was in the best interest of fans, pullers and workers alike. We were simple not allowed to host the event.
We hope you will join us again next year for the 44th Annual “LIONS SUPERPULL OF THE SOUTH TRUCK and TRACTOR PULL” which will be held next July. We thank you for your understanding of our situation and please know that we also were very disappointed that we were unable to provide to you some of the best truck and tractor pulling on Saturday night.