If there is one thing the PurpleHull Pea Festival is known for – besides peas – it’s the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.
Sawblade.com is our sponsor of the race this year, it’s year 2 with the great people of sawblade.com. The track is 200 feet in length, expertly tilled by our Co/Commissioners Hunter Nix and Jacob Williams. Begun as a lark at the very first PurpleHull Pea Festival in 1990, it has evolved into a monster.
There simply is no other event like it. Unique among motor sports, we like to say it is the highlight of the tiller racing season.
‘Course, to the best of our knowledge, our one-day event is the tiller racing season.
Souped-up garden tillers from near and far come to compete in the world’s premiere tiller racing event.
Rick Waller of Emerson, Arkansas,
Rick was one of the pioneers of the sport of garden tiller racing. Here he is seen in a photo from 1994 with his alcohol-burning tiller “Digger II,” which, at one time, was the world’s fastest garden tiller.
There are several racing categories.
There are also some rules which have become a necessity. In fact, after the Great Tiller Racing Controversy of ’93, the festival created the World Tiller Racing Federation specifically to address the issue of rules and proper running of the race.
For instance, an officially sanctioned tiller track is 200 feet in length. Runners – or tiller pilots, as they are sometimes called – must wear shoes. (Yes, some weren’t.)
The 2021 tiller race rules have changed just a bit, they can be viewed by clicking on Tiller Race Rules.
The 2021 application is now online. Download the 2021 Tiller Race application by clicking here.
Check the rules for specifics on each category.
Interested in racing? Download the Tiller Race Application, as well as the rules, and come to Emerson on June 26.
If you want to see a motor race you’ll never forget, be sure to be in Emerson, Arkansas, June 26, 2021.
You won’t regret it. See you there!
Other Tiller Info
We have other attractions at the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race. Check out the Tiller Girls.
Click on tiller audio to hear an audio wav file of KZHE’s Dave Sehon calling a previous World Championship Rotary Tiller Race (362K).
We became a true “world” championship race in 1995. Read about our first international tiller racer, Dominique Niessen, of Holland.