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Michigan boy heads to South Dakota to compete in toy tractor race

Posted by Green Fun Store on 12/16/2010 to Current News/Events of John Deere
Carson Alli is like many other 4-year-old boys. He likes to play outside, hang out with his friends and go to school. However, Alli also has a hidden talent: He is a prodigy on a pedal tractor and is headed to South Dakota where he will compete in a national pedal-pull tractor competition.

Clad in John Deere apparel, Carson sat on his father David's lap and spoke with the Strugis Journal about his upcoming competition. Carson competed at a local event in the Bronson Polish Festival this past summer where he excelled and qualified for the state competition in Lawrence, where he also placed at the top of the field. Lara Alli, his mother, was surprised that such a competition even existed, jokingly asking "who knew?" Lara asserts that her son is a toy tractor fanatic and that during the Polish Festival race, he managed to pedal the maximum distance of 25 feet with a heavy weight attached to his toy farm equipment.

At the Lawrence competition, Carson won first place by pulling a 185-pound weight 25 feet, easily outpacing his fellow pedalers. As the family prepares for the national competition, Lara and David are surprised that a national version even exists and say they are just happy their son gets to participate in one of his favorite farm life activities.