Lawrenceburg, IN – The Lawrenceburg Fire Department will once again, for the eighth year, partner with Special Olympics Indiana to host the annual Fire Truck Pull to benefit Special Olympics athletes residing in Ripley, Ohio and Dearborn counties. Presented by the City of Lawrenceburg, the Pull is scheduled for Saturday, August 17th at the new Lawrenceburg Civic Park.

Teams of 15 or less will show off their teamwork and strength as they play the ultimate game of tug-of-war with the department’s largest ladder truck, weighing in at 37 tons. Each team raises a minimum of $500 to see who can pull the fire truck 50 feet in the shortest amount of time. The team doing so will not only gain bragging rights, but will also receive the Fastest Pull Challenge trophy. Other trophies up for grabs are second and third place trophies for the Fastest Pull Challenge, the Lowest Combined Weight Challenge, where teams are challenged to pull the truck with the least number of team members, and the  team and individual trophies for the most money raised for Special Olympics.  To register your team or to learn more about the event visit or contact Greg Townsend at 812-584-6861 or by email at Teams registered by August 10th will receive “official” 2019 Fire Truck Pull t-shirts for their team members.

“We’re are very grateful to once again be partnering with the Lawrenceburg Fire Department and the City of Lawrenceburg to bring this fun-filled event to our community,” said event organizer and Program Coordinator for Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties, Greg Townsend. “We are also very excited to be holding this event in the new civic park downtown Lawrenceburg,” added Townsend.

The first pull of the day, the Kiddie Pull, free to children 8 years or younger, will team together with “Fire Pup”, the fire department’s canine mascot, to challenge their “kid power” against the fire truck. Parents can register their child the day of the event.

After the team with the fastest pull has been crowned with their bragging rights, The Keith Swinney Band, a unique mix of personalities, age, musical genre’ and attitudes, will take the stage to entertain the crowd into the evening. The event is free for spectators to attend.

On Sunday, August 4th at the Moores Hill Firehouse, Team Aaron, a fire truck pull team organized be Special Olympics athlete, Aaron Russell’s family, will be hosting a quarter auction to raise funds for Aaron’s team. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. with food and drinks available. For more information about the quarter auction, please contact Lynn Allen at 812-577-5862.

Special Olympics uses the funds raised to provide year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities in our community.


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.           Fire Truck Team & Kiddie Pull Registration

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Safety Town

12:00 p.m.                                  Firehouse Grill Opens (Concessions)

1:30 p.m.                                    Opening Ceremonies with the 35th Indiana Pipes and Drums

2:00 p.m.                                    Kiddie Pull

2:15 p.m.                                    The Pull w/ Awards Immediately Following

The Keith Swinney Band takes the stage immediately after awards.

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