MARION — Friendly competition will take place in Marion this weekend, as members and friends of the Marion Vintage Power Club host its power and machinery pull events on Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12.

"We try to have a pull once a month," said club president Jerry Wright. "You see people there you don't really see any other time. It's fun."

The free event is open to the public and will start with a 6 p.m. farm stock pull at a track located at the end of 11th Street across from Marion Elementary School. Antique and modern tractors will attempt to pull a sled of weight as far as possible.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, an antique tractor pull will begin, showcasing tractors from 1954 and older pulling dead weight. Participants who can pull at least 12 feet will advance to a second round. The day also will host a 3 p.m. garden tractor pull.

Wright said the pulls offer friendly competition between all ages and backgrounds.

"There are teens pulling right next to a 93-year-old," he added. "You go and you get to talk to people, maybe get help if your tractor has something wrong with it."

The Marion Vintage Power Club meets on the first Friday of each month and members are always seeking newcomers to join them.

The tractor pulls are free to the public. For more information, to join the club or to participate in the vintage tractor pull event, call Jerry Wright at (231) 429-2513.