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52nd Annual National Tractor Pulling Championship


August 15, 2018


Bowling Green, OH

Blue shirts, pullers, organizers, community members and wish families aim to raise money to grant
wishes for wish kids in northwest Ohio.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (August 2018) — The Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association
(NWOTPA) and Make-A-Wish® Ohio Kentucky & Indiana aim to raise money to grant wishes for
local wish kids and celebrate their 27th year of partnership during the 52nd National Tractor
Pulling Championships Aug. 16-18, 2018 at the Wood County Fairgrounds.

More than 30 wish kids and their families from northwest Ohio will attend to watch the biggest
event in tractor pulling thanks to the generosity of the pullers and organizers of the National
Tractor Pulling Championships. One of these kids is wish kid Chase, age 12, from Wauseon, who
has battled lymphoma. Last year Chase’s wish to have a golf cart that he could ride around the
National Tractor Pulling Championship was granted, and he is excited to use it at this year’s

In addition to watching the pullers throughout the National Tractor Pulling Championship
weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate wish families Saturday evening, as
they’re invited onto the track between sessions. Attendees of the event can help make more
wishes come true by participating in the auction on Saturday, Aug. 18, and directly donating to
Make-A-Wish on site as the “blue shirts” run buckets into the grandstand.

WHAT: National Tractor Pulling Championship
WHERE: Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W Poe Rd, Bowling Green, OH 43402
WHEN: August 16-18, 2018

Media are invited to attend the event with the following interview opportunities:
• Saturday, Aug. 18, 2:00 p.m. at the Make-A-Wish tent located near the track; interview
with Chase and his family
• Saturday, Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. at the Make-A-Wish tent located near the track; interview
with Make-A-Wish staff

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelly Phillips, Marketing Director, (805) 551-0211
Tickets are available online at

The 2017 event raised more than $180,000, enough to grant 22 wishes for kids in northwest Ohio. Research shows that wishes help children battling critical illnesses build the physical and emotional strength needed to fight the illness. Community support is needed, as currently only one out of every two eligible kids get to experience a wish. There are more than 120 kids waiting for wishes in northwest Ohio.

Make-A-Wish relies on the financial support of the local community to grant wishes. For more information on ways to help, visit, call 1-877-206-9474, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @makeawishohkyin.

About Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. For more details on how to get engaged with our chapter, please visit or follow us on social media @makeawishohkyin.


Press Contact

Juli Miller
Vice President, Development
2545 Farmers Drive Suite 300
Columbus, OH  43235

Phone : (317) 522-4083 x4415
Fax : (614) 923-0560

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