Something new for tractor pull fans this year
It's likely most fans at the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull have never heard of Back Road Story.
It’s certainly possible, especially if they hail from Missouri, but you can bet the Springfield band will be well-known in the area after they take the stage at this weekend’s 42nd Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull in Tomah’s Recreation Park.
Back Road Story will perform at the pull Saturday, June 24, taking the stage between pulling sessions from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by another performance after the late session at approximately 9:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
The band will play in the beer tent, said Monroe County Agricultural Society Operations Manager Shae Fox.
So what is the significance of Back Road Story?
It will mark the first time pull organizers venture into musical entertainment between sessions for the event.
Fox said one of the band members, Jacob Watson, works in marketing for O'Reilly's Auto Parts, one of the sponsors for the Tomah pull.
After working out details, a contract was signed and Back Road Story will arrive in Tomah as sort of an entertainment test case.
On its web site Back Road Story bills itself as "rapidly becoming one of Missouri's favorite new country bands."
The band consists of lead singer, Chelsey Seboldt, guitarists Jacob Watson and Chris Beasley, bassist, Hunter Hathcoat, and drummer, Dakota Watson.
The band formed in the fall of 2015, however, three members of the band have been playing music together for eight years.
With over 70 shows around the Midwest in the last year and a half, the band has hit the ground running and shows no signs of slowing down in the music industry, according to its web site.
Back Road Story was nominated for Group of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2016 KTTS Springfield Country Music Awards, making them one of the top three music groups and female vocalists in the Southwest Missouri market.
Some of their top performances include the Route 66 Festival opening for Lindsay Ell and Dallas Smith, with a two-day crowd of over 38,000, the O'Reilly Automotive company picnic, with a crowd of over 6,500, and a weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, including a show at the world famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge with standing-room only crowd.
Fox is anxious to gauge response from tractor pull fans.
"The campers will benefit - it will give them something else to do," she said. "We hope it will get some local folks to come down to the grounds and get a bite to eat. Anything that keeps people on the grounds is good."
Band members are familiar with the pulling environment and realize they could be competing with the noise of loud engines if sessions run late, Fox said.
The band is also receptive to working a "split shift" with their performance in between sessions.
But the focal point still remains with the action on the pulling tracks.
Pulling starts Thursday at 7 p.m. with light unlimited, light SST, super stock open, super stock diesel 4x4 and Fan Appreciation Night.
Friday sessions start at noon and 7 p.m. Noon is Light Unlimited, Pro Stock, Light, Pro Stock, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, FWD Trucks, Featured: Kids Klub Meet the Drivers, Get Autographs. At 7 p.m., Modified, TWD Trucks, SEMI, Light SST, Al Muth Harley Davidson Presents: Motorcycle Parade at 6 p.m., Military Appreciation Day.
Saturday sessions are scheduled at noon and 7 p.m. At noon, Modified, TWD Trucks, Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Open. At 7 p.m., Unlimited, FWD Trucks, Pro Stock, Mini, Super Farm, Feature: Salute to the Farmer.
The Sunday session starts at noon and features, Unlimited, Super Farm, Super Stock Diesel and Semi tractors.
Admission is $22 per person, per session, while an all-day ticket is $40. Season tickets are $115 apiece and admission for kids age seven and under is free.
Along with music and plenty of pulling action, there will be plenty of craft booths to explore. Vendors will be open Thursday at 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be a flea market, crafts and commercial vendors that include a leather maker from Michigan, Pampered Chef, Norwex, Essential Oils, ceramics, clothing, custom posters, specialty tools, collectibles and more.