Special Olympics 'Big Brown Truck Pull' Today
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Big Brown Truck Pull for Special Olympics returns to the Paducah floodwall on Saturday.

This will be the third year for the event at the floodwall, after several years on the streets of downtown Paducah. More than 20 teams from local companies, organizations and schools are expected to participate, and teams can still sign up to compete at the event. 

The pull features teams in five divisions, vying to see who can pull a loaded UPS 18-wheeler a distance of 12 feet in the fastest time. 

Teams are made up of 15 pullers. Many teams that participate come from companies and other community organizations, but they could just as easily be any 15 friends or neighbors. Pullers raise a minimum of $750 per team to compete. Last year's event featured 20 teams combining to raise more than $38,000. 

On-site registration starts at 4 pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6 pm and the first pull at approximately 6:30 pm. Junior teams will also compete.

Food vendors will be present, with proceeds from their sales donated back to Special Olympics. 

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest pull time in men’s, women’s and co-ed (minimum of six women) and two youth divisions (youth and pee wee), as well as to the team that shows the most team spirit and the team with the best team T-shirt. There will also be an award for the top fundraising Special Olympics athlete participant, top fundraising individual and top fundraising team. Youth and pee wee divisions will pull a UPS delivery truck.

All participants receive the official Big Brown Truck Pull T-shirt, but teams who raise more money can earn prizes including Special Olympics Kentucky can koozies, sun shades and blankets.

Proceeds from the event go to benefit Special Olympics athletes in McCracken Co and throughout the state. To register or donate to the event go to 

Published 02:36 AM, Saturday Aug. 11, 2018
Updated 10:07 AM, Saturday Aug. 11, 2018

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