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Tractor pull making its appearance in Inverness

A tractor pull at the fairgrounds in Inverness headlines the weekend entertainment scene.

Now in its fifth year, the tractor pull features the groundshaking action of a powerful tractor giving its all in a short explosion of motorized muscle.

The goal at a tractor pull is for the vehicle to pull a weighted sled across the floor of the livestock arena, called a "full-pull." The mechanical sled has a weight that makes it dig into the soft soil, causing the tractor to lose traction.

The fairgrounds are on U.S. 41 S just south of Inverness. Tickets at the door are $10 for one-day general admission, $5 for children ages 11 to 6. Children 5 and younger get in free.

Gates open at 10 a.m. today; the junior tractor race begins at 10:30 and the pulls begin at noon. On Sunday, gates open at 11 a.m. and the pulls begin at 1 p.m.

"Monster' showing in limited release

The movie Monster, starring Charlize Theron as female serial killer Aileen Wuornos, is in limited release in Tampa and Pinellas County.

The movie is not playing in Crystal River, Inverness or Marion County. The film is in limited release and may pick up more theaters based on possible Golden Globe awards for Theron or if it does exceedingly well at the box office.

Wuornos was put to death in 2002. She was accused of killing seven men in 1989 and 1990. The story has several Citrus connections:

+ One of her victims, Charles "Dick" Humphreys, lived in Crystal River.

+ Another victim, David Spears, was killed in woods off U.S. 19 in south Citrus.

+ Wuornos and her girlfriend, Tyria J. Moore, lived in Chassahowitzka and Homosassa during summer 1989.

For now, if you want to see the movie and recount the harrowing days when Wuornos dumped bodies throughout Central Florida, be prepared to drive to Tampa or Oldsmar.

_ Jorge Sanchez covers Citrus County arts and entertainment and can be reached at 860-7313 Send e-mail to