Betty Sue Strohman started her pedal tractor pull career at age 5 at the Palo Alto County Fair where she pulled the full 40 feet to take first place in 2006. She then went on to Marshalltown, Iowa for the State Pedal Pull competition and took third place by pulling 36.6 feet. After State, she made her first trip to Nationals out in Mitchell, South Dakota at the Corn Palace. Although Betty did not place, it was a great learning experience.
In 2007 and at 6 years old, she full-pulled at the Palo Alto County Fair to take first place. At State she also took first place with a full pull. She went on to Nationals to take second place with a 39.5 foot pull. From Nationals, she went on to her first experience at the International Pedal Pull in Fairfield, Iowa. There were five girls in the class where she full-pulled 270 pounds for 40 feet to take first place.
In 2008 and at 7 years old, Betty took second place at the Palo Alto County Fair pulling 35.2 feet. She went on to State in Marshalltown to full-pull and took first place. Nationals were held in Mitchell where she pulled 26.6 feet to take ninth place.
BIG?WINS - Betty Sue Strohman has participated and excelled in numerous pedal tractor pulls over the years. She has aged out of her pedal pull career, which started at the age of 5 at the Palo Alto County Fair. -submitted photo
By 2009 and at 8 years old, she full-pulled at the Palo Alto County Fair and at Ruthven Bully Bullhead Days to take first place at both events. At State level she full-pulled and then won a pull-off at 29.7 feet to take first place. At Nationals she full-pulled and then took second place in a pull-off with 36 feet. At Internationals she full-pulled 350 pounds to take first place.
In 2010 and at 9 years old, she full-pulled at the Palo Alto County Fair and took fourth at State.
In 2011 and at 10 years old, she full-pulled at the West Bend 4th of July celebration and then went on to State where she full-pulled and won a pull-off with 34.6 feet to take first place. At Nationals she pulled 26.1 feet to take second place. At Internationals she full-pulled 460 pounds and then had to have a pull-off with another Iowa girl pulling 490 pounds for 32.4 feet to take first place.
In 2012 and at 11 years old, she full-pulled at the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Emmetsburg and West Bend to take first place in both towns. At Nationals, she full-pulled and then pulled 29.7 feet in a pull-off to take first place. At Internationals on August 11, 2103, she pulled 36.5 feet to take second.
Betty Sue has aged out of her Pedal Pull Career. She has done very well over the years recording 3 International Championships and 1 second place at Internationals. She has had 3 second place Nationals and one first place National as well as 5 State championships and numerous local championships.
Betty has competed against 20 plus girls her age level at all State and National levels. At International levels she has competed against 4 to 5 girls.