If there is one thing the PurpleHull Pea Festival is known for, besides peas, it’s the home of the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.

Souped-up garden tillers from near and far come to compete in the world’s premiere tiller racing event.

The track is 200 feet in length, expertly tilled by our county 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 event.

Unique among motor sports,  there no other event like it. It’s the highlight of the tiller racing season.

The rules state that all racers must wear shoes and that no one is allowed to ride on a tiller: