Friday, September 12, 2014

LSGTPA Teams Prepare for Bartlett Old Town Festival

The LSGTPA tractor pulling  teams will be preparing for the next stop on the 2014 pulling schedule, which will be the old Katy Railroad stop of Bartlett Texas, on Saturday September 20.  The annual Old Town Festival event in Bartlett, will feature the LSGTPA tractor pulling teams on the seventh stop of the 2014 season.  Pullers from throughout the state will converge on Bartlett, for a high noon shootout, at the LSGTPA pulling track located at 501 South Dalton Street (Bartlett, Tx 76511), next to the Dollar General.

Check out the www.LSGTPA.com website for event details.

Visit the Williamson County Historical Commission web page,  Williamson County Texas Historical  for more interesting historical info on Bartlett.

Schedule of Events:

Bartlett's Old Town Festival is Saturday September 20. The annual event includes a parade, BBQ cookoff, washer tournament, garden tractor pull, nursing home block walk, bbq lunch, and street dance. The parade will begin at 10 AM after a flag-raising ceremony in front of the city hall by the Fort Hood Color Guard. Arts & Crafts booth and food vendors will set up downtown. The block walk will start at Will O'Bell Nursing Home at 8 AM and will cover 5 blocks. The washer tournament will be at the Old Lindemann Welding Shop at the corner of Bell & Front Streets. The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association will set up near Dollar General. The barbecue lunch is sponsored by the Bartlett Activities Center and will be served at city hall. The meal will be served from 11 AM to 1 PM at 140 W Clark Street. It includes brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans, and iced tea. Takeout plates are available. The street dance features the Mark Richey Band and will be held downtown beginning at 8 PM. Entry forms are at Forms or call the Chamber of Commerce at 254-527-4433.

Monday, August 25, 2014

BILL HALTER MEMORIAL TRACTOR PULL RESULTS from BLUE RIDGE

The LSGTPA tractor pulling teams returned to scenic Blue Ridge, Texas, for the Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull and some summer time tractor pulling.  Blue Ridge was settled on property originally owned by Matthiss Mowry, who received the land grant from the Republic of Texas, for his services during the Texas War of Independence.  Originally named Pull'n Tug, the blackland prairie town name was changed to Blue Ridge, around 1860, for its blue flowering grass.  Once home to the 16th Texas Cavalry, and now home to the Blue Ridge Tigers, the town once called Pull'n Tug makes for exciting tractor pulling and tugging action.

Jared Stephan leaves the starting line at the Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull in Blue Ridge, Texas.
Youth Class tractors opened the show, with Mason Hovind taking the win aboard his 'Yes Deere' entry.  This was just the second pull on a fresh engine for the 'Yes Deere', following a mid-season engine rebuild.  Kody Langham scored a runner up finish aboard his Bonham Service Center sponsored tractor, while Lane Duncan posted a third place finish aboard his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor.  Jared Stephan pulled to a fourth place finish, driving the 'Rusteze' tractor, and returned to pilot the 'Iron Head' tractor to a top five finish. 
Lane Duncan pilots his 'Texas T-Rex' downtrack, during the Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull in Blue Ridge.


Stock Class tractors were paced by Aidan Hovind, aboard the 'Yes Deere' tractor, with Aidan Hovind also piloting the 'Rusteze' machine to a runner-up finish.  Steve McCarley finished third, with Claude Lewis just inches behind in the fourth place spot.  Kolby Langham pulled to a top five finish, while Claude Lewis placed sixth aboard the 'Skeeter' tractor.  In Stock Diesel, Ken Langham Jr. pulled to victory, with Steve Hovind pulling to the runnerup.    In Big Stock, Alex Jesko piloted the 'Overtime' tractor to the win, with Shawn Aufdenkamp pulling to the runnerup.  Jerry Toland drove the 'Triple Deuce' machine to a third place finish, with Kolby Langham and 'Texas Thunder' pulling to fourth. 

Steve Pierce pilots 'Buzzards Roost' to victory at the Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull in Blue Ridge.

The Stock Altered tractors were led by Ken Langham Sr. taking the top spot, with Alex Jesko pulling to the second place position aboard the 'Outlaw' tractor.  John Aufdenkamp finished in the third position, with Shawn Aufdenkamp pulling to fourth.  The Motorcycle Class category was won by Steve Pierce, aboard his 'Buzzards Roost' machine, with Paul Smith taking the runnerup position aboard his 'Texan' tractor.  Paul Smith returned to the track with the 'Texan' tractor, to take the Outlaw Class title. 

Paul Smith aboard his 'Texan' tractor, takes the Outlaw Class title in Blue Ridge.

The Mini Rod tractors put on a great show, with Jerry Toland taking the win aboard his 'Shinin Time' tractor.  Sarah Moody turned in a runnerup performance, aboard her '99% Moody' turbocharged diesel entry.  Colby Crowe piloted his 'Weekend Warrior' tractor to a third place finish on the podium.  David Houchen pulled to a fourth place finish, on an engine wounding run aboard his 'Back In The Day' tractor. 

Colby Crowe hangs onto his 'Weekend Warrior machine', during a wild ride at the Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull.

The Super Rod tractors closed the show, with Randall Moody using some home field advantage to put the 'Ridge Runner' in the winners circle.  Ken Langham Sr. finished in the runnerup spot, with Donny Mayo placing his 'Blackfoot Squaw' machine on the podium in third.  John Kiemele drove his 'Dodge This' machine, to the fourth place finish, in a very tough field of Super Rod Class tractors. 

Randall Moody steers the 'Ridge Runner' to the winners circle in Blue Ridge, Texas.  

The Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull was presented by area sponsors, including Cattleman's Cafe, Brockman Farms, Blue Ridge Country Store, Bo Elders Hay, Chilson Natural Hoof Care, Fortner & Son Backhoe, and the great folks at Ag Power of McKinney.  Local favorite Sarah Moody, turned in a great performance as event organizer!  Blue Ridge Cemetery is the resting place for Billy Jake Halter, a long time tractor puller for whom the event is named in honor of. 

The LSGTPA pulling teams will prepare for a five in a row, back to back series of pulls, to finish the 2014 season.  Visit the LSGTPA website, for event schedule and details.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

De Leon Peach and Melon Festival LSGTPA Tractor Pull Results

De Leon, Texas was established in 1881, as the Texas Central Railroad pulled into the region.  The town and surrounding farming communities are rich with agricultural history.  In 1914, the area settlers organized a Peach and Melon Festival, as a local celebration for the farming community.  This event grew to be a regional happening, and in 1970, tractor pulling became a featured event during the festivities.  By 2007,  De Leon had constructed a dedicated tractor pulling arena, which featured dual pulling tracks.  During the 2014, 100th Annual Peach and Melon Festival event, a third track was added for the LSGTPA tractor pulling teams.

Opening ceremonies featured an outstanding National Anthem presentation, performed by the duet of Payton and Paige Williams.  Payton Williams was crowned the 100th Annual DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival Queen, prior to the start of the event, and performed sporting her newly acquired crown and sash! 
100th Annual DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival Queen Payton Williams, delivered the Natioanl Anthem during opening ceremonies of the LSGTPA tractor pull.

The LSGTPA Youth Class tractors opened the show, with Kody Langham taking the victory.  Jared Stephan pulled double duty on two tractors, placing his entries in the second and third positions.  Lane Duncan, aboard his 'Texas T-Rex' entry, scored a fourth place finish.  Megan Baird pulled to a top five finish, while Mason Hovind rounded out the field aboard his 'Yes Deere' entry. 
Kolby Langham wheels 'Texas Thunder' at the DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival tractor pull.

Stock Class tractors were paced by Aidan Hovind, with Claude Lewis scoring a second and third place finish aboard his two entries.  Claude scored the runnerup aboard his 'Skeeter' tractor, which was previously campaigned by Skeet Degner, a long time tractor puller who had passed away in March.  Kolby Langham pulled to a fourth place finish, while Aidan Hovind was limited by breakage on the 'Yes Deere' tractor.  The Stock Diesel title left with Ken Langham, Jr, while Steve Hovind pulled to the runnerup position on a run which ended in transmission damage.  In Big Stock, John Aufdenkamp used a Full Pull to take the win, over the runnerup tractor of Alton Degner.  Cameron Paschall scored a third place finish aboard 'High Cotton' and Alex Jesko used a second round Full Pull to finish fourth aboard his 'Overtime' tractor.  Kolby Langham also recorded a second round Full Pull aboard 'Texas Thunder', to finish inches ahead of Jerry Toland and his 'Triple Deuce' tractor.  Seth Markey took his tractor out of bounds on a wild ride, which resulted in a DQ and a seventh place finish aboard the 'High Cotton' tractor.
Claude Lewis takes 'Skeeter' downtrack at the DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival.  

Alex Jesko pilots 'Outlaw' downtrack at DeLeon.

Stock Altered resulted in two great pulls by Alex Jesko aboard the 'Outlaw', for the win.  John Aufdenkamp pulled to the runnerup spot, with Michael Mayberry and 'Pulling for Peanuts' scoring third.  Ken Langham scored a FullPull, but a first round DQ on a wild ride out of bounds, limited his entry to a fourth place finish.  The Motorcycle Class title was taken by Paul Smith, aboard the 'Texan' tractor, while Steve Pierce scored the runnerup aboard his 'Buzzards Roost' machine.  In Outlaw, Paul Smith and his 'Texan' tractor again scored the victory, with  the 'Three of a Kind' tractor of John Aufdenkamp placing second, while incurring some drivetrain damages.
Paul Smith works his way to a win aboard his 'Texan' machine at DeLeon.

Ken Langham holds on during a wild ride at the Deleon LSGTPA tractor pull.

The Mini Rod tractors put on a great show, with Jerry Toland taking the win aboard 'Shinin Time'.  David Houchen placed his 'Back in the Day' tractor in the runnerup position, with Sarah Moody placing third aboard her '99% Moody' turbo diesel tractor.  Colby Crowe and the 'Weekend Warrior' machine pulled to a fourth place finish.    The wild Super Rod tractors closed the show, with Thomas Kimmons taking the win aboard his newly acquired 'Fired Up' tractor.  Ken Langham scored the runnerup, with Donny Mayo and his 'Blackfoot Squaw' tractor placing third.  Randall Moody drove the 'Ridge Runner' to fourth place, with John Kiemele and the 'Dodge This' taking home a top five finish in a close field of Super Rods.
Thomas Kimmons scores a victory during his debut of 'Fired Up' at DeLeon.
To learn more about the history of De Leon, checkout out DeLeon History.com

 The next LSGTPA event will be the Bill Halter Memorial Pull, in Blue Ridge, Texas.  Visit the www.lsgtpa.com webpage, for the complete 2014 schedule of remaining events.

Monday, July 28, 2014

LSGTPA Tractor Pulling Teams Prepare for De Leon Peach and Melon Festival Pull

The LSGTPA tractor pulling teams are preparing for the upcoming DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival pull, scheduled for Saturday, August 9.  The action will commence at 11am, with our National Anthem presentation by Paige Williams, during opening ceremonies.  The track is located, at 195 W. Almante Avenue (DeLeon, Tx 76444).  


Several teams have used the two month break in the summer schedule, to make changes and improvements on their tractors.  Among those teams working during the break, are the crew of the Mean Green Pulling Team.  These guys have taken their tractor completely apart, for a mid-season rebuild, and will be looking to make a great return at the DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival event !


The LSGTPA 2014 Schedule is loaded with fast and furious pulling action, during the second half of the year.  The remaining schedule will include two pulls in August, and will close out with a five-in-a-row marathon, of back to back pulling action in September and October !


For more information on the LSGTPA event at Deleon, visit the LSGTPA website at:

DeLeon LSGTPA Event

2014 Events Remaining:

August 9       DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival         DeLeon, Texas
August 23     Bill Halter Memorial Pull                        Blue Ridge, Texas
Sept. 20       Old Town Festival Pull                           Bartlett, Texas
Sept. 27       Johnson County Antigue Tractor Show   Alvarado, Texas
Oct. 4          Old Time Saturday Tractor Pull              Farmersville, Texas
Oct. 11        Wills Point Tractor Pull                          Wills Point, Texas
Oct. 18         Rockdale Fair and Rode Pull                 Rockdale, Texas

Make sure to mark your calendars for the events near you !!!



Monday, July 14, 2014

LSGTPA FEATURED by CHEVY HOMETOWN KIDS ON FOX SPORTS

The LSGTPA Youth Class has been featured on the Chevy Hometown Kids program, airing on Fox Sports Southwest.  The original program ran after filming at the Hunt County Fair event, in Greenville Texas.  Since then, the show continues to air, as part of a 'Best of Chevy Hometown Kids' series.

The program star and host, Emily Reppert, shares stories of youth sports events in the southwest United States.

The program has also been released on the Chevy Hometown Kids 'youtube' channel, and can be viewed at the following link !

Chevy Hometown Kids LSGTPA Youth Class Feature

Check out the program each week on Saturday mornings, and on Monday and Tuesday evenings !




Chevy Hometown Kids host Emily Reppert, with the LSGTPA Youth Class in Greenville.

Monday, July 7, 2014

LSGTPA Pullers Prepare for Peach and Melon Festival at De Leon

LSGTPA tractor pulling teams are preparing for the next event on the 2014 pulling schedule, which will be held in conjunction with the De Leon Peach and Melon Festival, in De Leon Texas.  The year will mark the 100th anniversary for the De Leon Peach and Melon Festival event, and the LSGTPA pulling action will be a feature event on Saturday, August 9th.

This years event will take place downtown De Leon, at 195 W. Almante Avenue.  The event is  scheduled for an 11am start, with our National Anthem presentation by Paige Williams.  Teams from throughout the state will converge on downtown De Leon, to battle for the title in ten classes.

Check out some of the interesting links, on the history of De Leon and the Festival.

http://www.deleonhistory.com/     DeLeon History

http://www.deleonpeachandmelonfestivalandtractorpull.com/  DeLeon Festival Information


Visit the DeLeon Peach Melon facebook page for daily updates on the festival  DeLeon Peach Melon facebook

For a map and event details, visit the LSGTPA events page at  LSGTPA

Visit the Texas Truck and Tractor Pulling Association page at  TTTPA
Visit the Outlaw Pulling web page at OTTPA






Friday, May 16, 2014

CHEVY HOMETOWN KIDS features LSGTPA YOUTH CLASS

Tune in to the Saturday, May 17, episode of Chevy Hometown Kids on Fox Sports Southwest !  This episode will feature the LSGTPA Youth Class from the Hunt County Fair event in Greenville, Texas !

May 17
 2014
Brand New Episode!

A brand new episode of Chevy Hometown Kids airs tomorrow, and boy do we have a lot of action in store for you!

We’re kicking things off at a tractor pull in Greenville, Texas, working on our swing with LPGA pros at the North Texas Shootout, improving our basketball game with the XrossOver method, and discovering an adaptive sport pushing athletes to new limits at the “No Excuses Throwdown” event.



Learn more about Chevy Hometown Kids at :
http://www.hometownkids.tv/blog

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Chevy Hometown Kids with host Emily Reppert filmed the Hunt County Fair event, and interviewed Youth Class drivers for an episode of their youth sports show.  The coverage is aired on Fox Sports Southwest. Check out your local listings for show times.  (Saturday 10am, May 17)  (Repeats Monday, May 19 at 4:30 pm CST and Tuesday, May 20 at 4:00pm CST)

UPDATE **************************************************
CHECK OUT THE 'YOUTUBE' VERSION OF THE CHEVY HOMETOWN KIDS PROGRAM, FILMED IN GREENVILLE DURING THE HUNT COUNTY FAIR LSGTPA EVENT !!
Chevy Hometown Kids / LSGTPA Youth Class Episode