A group of friends are 7 for 7 in the Cecil County Fair tug of war competition.
Seven times they've entered and seven times they have prevailed.
The group, who call themselves the "Stump Pullers", became friends while members of the Rising Sun High School wrestling team.
Martin, Vincent, and John Palmer have been part of all seven titles while Morgan Palmer was on six of the championship teams.
The squad will look to pull off an eighth straight when the Cecil County Fair's tug of war competition is held Saturday, July 21, at 4 p.m. in the main grandstand.
Participants must be at least 16 years old and the team weight limit is 1,500 pounds. Weigh-ins take place at 2:30 in the cow barn.
Recently, three or four teams participate each year. Martin doesn't pull any punches. "Once we started winning, the number of teams started dwindling down," he said. "I'm excited but I hope more competition shows up."
The Stump Pullers are not afraid of a challenge. The first year, they defeated a team of Marines.
"That was the best," Palmer said. "We were a bunch of kids who weighed 130 pounds and we didn't even know what we were doing."
They have also vanquished squads from local gyms as well as a Crossfit team.
The team name "Stump Pullers" boasts a proud history of tug of war wins.
Morgan's dad, Dave, was a member of the original Stump Pullers team which won back-to-back titles in early 2000s then another a couple of years later.
When that team chose to "retire", Dave Morgan roped Morgan and his friends into following in their footsteps once they turned 16.
"We tried it. We liked it. And we were good at it," Vincent said.
Why they're good at it depends on who you ask.
Martin hints at some sort of secret strategy he's not at liberty to divulge for fear of tipping off the competition. He's probably pulling our legs because Vincent provides a much simpler explanation.
"You can't stop pulling," he said. "We pull 100 percent the whole time."
Dave Morgan stills serves as the Stump Pullers' coach/manager. Morgan Palmer says his dad's main responsibility is repeatedly yelling "Pull!" for the duration of the contest.
The Stump Pullers have one superstition. Just before the event begins, the group stops at a food stand and eats a big fried potato chip.
Historically, competitions can last up to four minutes but are sometimes as short as 30 seconds.
"It can end pretty quick, but when you're pulling as hard as you can, 30 seconds can seem like half an hour," Vincent said.
The Stump Pullers do not train for the competition or even practice beforehand.
"We tell people we go out in the woods and use ropes to pull out tree stumps," Palmer said.
"We don't actually do that, but that's how we tell people we train."
While the core four is ready, the rest of the lineup still had not been finalized a week before the event.
A few times, they have wandered around the fairgrounds searching for friends who could join the team. That can make for some anxious moments on the scale.
A couple times, the group climbed on to the cattle scale and were about 20 pounds over the weight limit. They were forced to strip down to their underwear to meet the requirement.
"That's always a funny sight," Vincent said.
Members of the winning team receive a t-shirt. "When we first started our goal was to get a t-shirt for every day of the week and we've done that," Palmer said.
They are looking forward to the opportunity to add to their wardrobes. "Fair week is better than Christmas because it lasts a whole week," Palmer says. "Any time I think about the tug of war, I get excited."
Even if life takes them in different directions, the Stump Pullers will have always have memories of the fair.
"We'll probably be like friends in some movies, who get together one day a year, and we'll talk about doing the tug of war at the fair."
The thought of old friends gathering to reminisce about some of their glory days just tugs at your heartstrings.