June 13, 2001

For Immediate Release

Contact person:  Bill Dailey (501) 315-7373 

Email: purplehull@juno.com
Web site: www.purplehull.com


Tiller Race to be on German TV


   Garden tiller racing is coming to Europe – via television.

   The Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival was informed this week that a German television production company will attend this year's festival to film its World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.

   The production company, KALIF-Medien, specializes in covering unusual or strange events throughout the world.   Assuming all goes well, Emerson’s tiller race will be shown on the German television program Hallo Deutschland.

   “They contacted us by email back in April,” said Bill Dailey, spokesman for the PurpleHull Pea Festival. “We answered their questions, then never heard anything back.  Then a fellow out in California acting on their behalf called us about three weeks ago with more questions.  Again, we never heard anything.  Then Tuesday we received an email saying they’d be here June 29."

   The World Championship Rotary Tiller Race, a race of souped-up garden tillers, is held each year on the last Saturday in June in conjunction with Emerson’s PurpleHull Pea Festival.  Emerson is in Columbia County, 12 miles south of Magnolia.

   The world record is held by Ronnie Hughey of Stephens, Arkansas, who, in 1998, tilled the 200-foot track in 7.21 seconds – an average speed of over 18.9 miles-per-hour.

   This year’s festival and tiller race will be Saturday, June 30.

   In past years, the Emerson’s garden tiller race has received national television coverage on NBC’s Today show and various cable channels including The Nashville Network.  In August, the race is scheduled to appear in a segment of the program The Competition on the A&E Channel.

   “To the best of my knowledge, this is our first coverage by the overseas media,” said Dailey.

   More information about the PurpleHull Pea Festival and World Championship Rotary Tiller Race is available at the festival’s Web site: www.purplehull.com.

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