HITCHCOCK — Seth Mazzola leaned over the steering wheel of a child-size tractor Saturday at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo.

The 11-year-old pedalled evenly pulling 450 pounds behind him in the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull at Jack Brooks Park. The weight was more than any other child had pulled during the fair.

But Mazzola wasn’t bragging.

”I just wanted to try to get to the finish” he said shyly.

The Kids Pedal Tractor Pull was one of many events to close out the 73rd annual Galveston County Fair and Rodeo.

”It’s been great” Laronda Jenkins of Fresno said. ”We walked right through the doors and had all the kids faces painted.”

”Look at my face” one of her grandsons said smiling through a black-and-white design covering half of his face.

Visitors from all around Galveston Harris and Brazoria counties attended the annual event said Paul Tibaldo president of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo.

While he said he didn’t have any official numbers he estimated attendance was up this year.

”I’ve heard few negative things” he said. ”Weather has held out and I’ve heard that people really like all the attractions.”

Calvin Jenkins Laronda’s husband and his family agree.

”It’s something different” he said. ”It’s also a good time to wear the kids out. You have fun seeing them have a good time seeing all the animals and all the people.”

Tibaldo said about 268 teams competed in the barbecue cook-off and about $45000 was raised in scholarships.

By Saturday afternoon the crowd had filled out with families enjoying sunny 77-degree weather.

”I just thought I’d bring the kids out and have some fun” Ronnie Shapiro of League City said.

The rodeo closed out with arena golf a junior commercial heifer auction and a concert from the Spazmatics a New Wave 1980s band.

Come back next year” Tibaldo said. ”We’ll be back bigger and better next year.”


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