Collinsville hosted the first “Patsy Pull” on Oct. 28, 2017 in support of breast cancer research and awareness.
According to a press release, the “Patsy Pull” is a competition where teams of eight pull a fully loaded fire truck across a certain distance in the quickest time.
So, on the night of Oct. 28, teams, either co-ed or all male, had five chances to pull the fire truck for the best time.
A large crowd surrounded the historic Cricket Theatre to watch the teams attempt to pull trucks.
After 50 pulls had taken place, “The Sand Rock Football Team” and “The Zone Fitness Team” were tied with their best times at 11.73 seconds.
During a “pull-off” to determine the winner, “The Sand Rock Football Team” won with a time of 12.09 seconds against “The Zone Fitness Team” with a time of 12.32 seconds.
“The Sand Rock Football Team” was awarded the first All-Male Patsy Pull Title while the “Foster’s Training Team” took the co-ed trophy.
“Bringing a fun and competitive event to Collinsville to raise money for breast cancer research has been something that I wanted to do for a long time,” Director of “Patsy Pull” Paden Sharpe said. “When I stumbled across the fire truck pull fundraiser, I knew it was perfect for Collinsville’s main street and an awesome way to honor my late grandmother, Patsy.”
Sharpe said during all of the hustle and bustle, she forgot to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped with the event.
“There are so many others that played a small part in all the planning, but in an effort to not forget a single name, I won’t try to name everyone individually,” she said. “Just know, if you did anything to promote or work the pull, I am grateful.”
The event raised $3,300 that was donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama in memory of Patsy Sharpe.
“It was great to see everyone having such a good time all while competing and raising money for a worthy cause,” Sharpe said. “Our committee is fired up and full of ideas to make the 2018 ‘Patsy Pull’ bigger and better so keep an eye out for dates and information about next year’s pull.”