National Pedal Pull Champion ...

Reed Hilsabeck of Lansing was crowned a National Pedal Pull Champion in the Four Year Old Boys division of the National Pedal Pullers Association (NPPA) 2021 National Pedal Pull Championships held at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD Saturday, September 25. Pictured at right proudly displaying his National Champion trophy, he is the son of Brian and Kelly Hilsabeck of Lansing.

The journey to the National Pedal Pull Championships began for the young Hilsabeck at the locally sanctioned (sanctioned meaning able to advance competition winners to the next level) pedal pull held Fish Days weekend this past August in Lansing where he placed first, qualifying him to advance to the Iowa State Pedal Pull Championships. Those State Pedal Pull Championships were held September 11 in Burt, where he placed third overall to earn qualification to compete at the NPPA National Pedal Pull in Mitchell, SD, as the top three State placewinners get to advance.

In the Four Year Old Boys division at Nationals,  there were 25 total boys competing from different states across the nation, including the two Iowa boys who had placed ahead of Hilsabeck at the State level of competition just a couple weeks earlier. The determined youngster defied those earlier results, however, by topping the entire Four Year Old Boys division to earn this year’s National Championship trophy. Submitted photo.