Annual tractor pull adds at least 20 new trucks to its show

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STURGEON - The Central Missouri Honor Flight Charity Tractor Pull added at least 20 new trucks to its show this year, bringing more excitement and more spectators on Saturday.

Kristyn Stanberry and her husband created the tractor pull in 2017 to bring together their love for tractor pulling and their respect for veterans.

"This charity just meant a lot to us. We decided to reach out to the Central Missouri Honor Flight and get them involved with it," Stanberry said.

She said her grandparents served in the military and they never had the chance to take an honor flight.

In it's first two years, the Central Missouri Honor Flight Charity Tractor Pull raised more than $40,000 -- $42,000 in 2017 and $45,000 in 2018.

Stanberry said that covers about half the cost of an Honor Flight.

"It's a very small price to pay for all they've done for us," Stanberry said.

The Central Missouri Honor Flight transports veterans to Washington D.C. to visit memorial sites for their respective wars at no cost.

Flights take 110 veterans from mid-Missouri every year. In the past, the flights have been focused on World War II veterans. However, more Vietnam and Korean War veterans have been given the opportunity to participate.

"You never feel so honored as you do that day," Korean War veteran Bob Sprehe said.

He volunteers at the tractor pull every year.

"There's a lot more activity this year than there was last year," Sprehe said.

He said he thinks more people came to the event this year because they added more trucks to the show.

Although the Stanberrys will not know how much money they raised until after the show, they said they want to raise at least as much as last year.