Wednesday, April 13, 2016




The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association 2016 season is off and running, and teams will prepare for the first of two double header events this season.  The first back to back events, will be a feature of the Hunt County Fair in Greenville, Texas.   Events are rescheduled for April 29,30 (Rain Date)

LSGTPA pulling action under the lights at the Hunt County Fair !  photo by Ashley Jesko

The Friday night show, April 29, is scheduled for a 6pm start, with opening ceremonies to feature performing and recording artist Victoria Leigh, with our National Anthem presentation. 

Victoria Leigh will perform the National Anthem, during LSGTPA opening ceremonies at the Hunt County Fair, April 29 at 6pm.

The Saturday night show, April 30, is scheduled for a 6pm start, with opening ceremonies to feature our National Anthem performance by area talent Averi McFadden.
Averi McFadden will perform the National Anthem, during LSGTPA opening ceremonies at the Hunt County Fair, April 30, at 6pm.
Hunt County Fair tractor pulling action has been rescheduled due to rain, for April 29 and 30 !

Mark your calendars for LSGTPA action under the lights at the Hunt County Fair !!

Catch LSGTPA tractor pulling action under the lights of the Hunt County Fair, April 29,30, at 6pm.   Ashley Jesko photo



The Delta County Fair played host to the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association's 2016 Season Opener, marking the second year the LSGTPA opened the season in Cooper, Texas.  Rocky Young Construction prepared an awesome 200 foot track for the competitors, at the historic Harmon Park facility.  The hillside track consists of a great surface, with enough clay to provide excellent traction for tractor pulling. 

The LSGTPA Youth Class competitors took to the sticky track first, with Lane Duncan taking the title aboard his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor.  Lane used a first round Full Pull to secure the win, in the debut of his brand new machine.  Jared Stephan scored the runnerup finish, aboard his 'Iron Head' entry, for the Moody Pulling Team.  Jacob Hovind made his LSGTPA pulling debut, scoring a third place finish aboard his 'Yes Deere' tractor, for the Mean Green Pulling Team camp.  Lane Duncan pulled double duty, piloting his 'Texas T-Rex' entry to a fourth place finish on the day, after having to lift to avoid going out of bounds.
Lane Duncan launches his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor, during the Delta County Fair LSGTPA event.

Mason Hovind wheels his 'Yes Deere' tractor, to a win for the Mean Green Pulling Team in Cooper.

Stock Class was won by Claude Lewis, with Steve McCarley taking the runnerup position.  James Helferich scored a third place finish in the class.  In Hot Stock, Mason Hovind wheeled his 'Yes Deere' machine to first place for the Mean Green Pulling Team.  Kolby Langham finished with a second place posting, for the Longhorn Express Pulling Team.
Claude Lewis takes the Stock Class title at the Delta County Fair tractor pull.

Kolby Langham rides his 'Texas Thunder' entry, to a runnerup finish at the Delta County Fair.

The Big Stock Class saw a great two way battle, with Jerry Toland pulling out the victory aboard his 'Triple Deuce' tractor.  Kolby Langham scored the runnerup, with a couple of wild rides aboard 'Texas Thunder'.  Stock Diesel Class saw Kody Langham take the victory, in his diesel class debut, aboard the Longhorn Express Pulling Team entry.  Aidan Hovind pulled to a runnerup finish, aboard his Mean Green Pulling Team entry.  James Helferich placed third in the class.

Kody Langham scored a victory, in his Stock Diesel Class pulling debut.

 The Mini Rod Class crowned Colby Crowe the champ, aboard his 'Weekend Warrior' entry.  Crowe used a Full Pull in the opening round to lead the field, and never looked back.   David Houchen wheeled his 'Back In The Day' tractor to second, with Jerry Toland pulling to third aboard his 'Shinin Time' machine.  Sarah Crowe steered her turbo powered diesel '99% Moody' to fourth, with Paul Smith taking his 'Texan' tractor to fifth place. 

Sarah Crowe rolls coal at the Delta County Fair tractor pull.

Colby Crowe works his 'Weekend Warrior' machine downtrack to victory, during LSGTPA competition.

Paul Smith rides the 'Texan' machine downtrack in Cooper, during LSGTPA competition.

The Super Rod Class was paced by Ken Langham Sr., aboard his 'Psycho' tractor, taking the win in the class.  Langham used a Full Pull in the second round, to secure the win.  Steve McCarley pulled to the runnerup position, with Randell Moody taking third aboard his 'Ridge Runner' tractor.  John Kiemele took a wild ride out of bounds aboard his 'Dodge This' tractor, with the DQ limiting the team to a fourth place finish. 
Jerry Toland launches his 'Shinin Time', during LSGTPA Mini Rod Class competition in Cooper.

John Kiemele wheels the 'Dodge This' tractor downtrack at the Delta County Fair Pulling Track in Cooper.
Ken Langham pilots 'Psycho' to a win, for the Longhorn Express Pulling Team in Cooper.

The LSGTPA teams will prepare for a double header event at the Hunt County Fair on April 22 and 23, before heading to Bonham during the Bonham Heritage Day event on May 7.   Visit for event details and more information.

Thursday, March 31, 2016


The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association teams are preparing for the 2016 Season Opener event, scheduled for Saturday April 9th.  The first pull of the LSGTPA 2016 season will kickoff in conjunction with the Delta County Fair in Cooper, Texas.  Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 2pm, at the Delta County Pulling Track in Harmon Park.  The opening ceremonies will feature our National Anthem performance by Shawna Spangler.

Over thirty entries are expected for the event, with teams from throughout the state competing in two rounds of tractor pulling competition.  Competitors in ten classes, will hook and pull in two rounds of competition,  on the 200' track prepared by Rocky Young Construction. The total of the combined pulls for each competitor, will determine the winners of each class. 

From the entertaining Youth Class competitors, to the wild and exciting Super Rod tractors, the LSGTPA event will be fun for all !  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show, at the hill by the park !  Hearing protection is recommended for the little ones, as the show can get a little loud !  Come early and visit with the teams and drivers, and check out the machines. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016


The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association recently participated in the 56th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Dallas AutoRama, held at the Dallas Market Hall.  Tractors were on display and teams were on hand to visit with the motorsports crowd, and the 2016 LSGTPA Pulling Schedule was released during the weekend event. 

The 2016 LSGTPA Season Opener will be held on April 9th, during the Delta County Fair in Cooper, Texas.  The series will then move to Greenville for the first of two double header events in 2016, for Friday and Saturday night shows during the Hunt County Fair.  In May, the teams will converge on Bonham, Texas, for the annual event during the Bonham Heritage Day celebration.  Be sure to mark your calendars, and plan to see an LSGTPA event near you ! 

LSGTPA 2016 Pulling Schedule

April 9th       Delta County Fair                                     Cooper, Texas                2pm
April 22        Hunt County Fair                                      Greenville, Texas           6pm
April 23        Hunt County Fair                                      Greenville, Texas           6pm
May 7           Bonham Heritage Day                               Bonham, Texas              3pm
May 21         Rolling Oaks VFD                                    Wills Point, Texas          11am
July 16          Rumble in Riesel                                       Riesel, Texas                 4pm
July 22          Lindsey T & T Pull                                    Lindsey, Texas              6pm
July 23          Lindsey T & T Pull                                    Lindsey, Texas              6pm
Aug 20          Bill Halter Memorial                                 Blue Ridge, Texas         6pm
Sept 17          Old Town Festival                                    Bartlett, Texas              12pm
Oct 1             Old Time Saturday                                    Farmersville, Texas      12pm
Oct 8              Sulphur Springs Help-A-Child                Sulphur Springs, Tx        6pm

Check out the web page for event details and updates.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LSGTPA Teams Score Big At Dallas Autorama

The 56th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Dallas Autorama featured eight teams from the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association, at the Dallas Market Hall.  The three day event weekend, pulls in over 45,000 visitors and motorsports fans.  The LSGTPA teams provided show fans with eight different class tractors, and were on hand to answer questions and visit with the crowd. 

The LSGTPA 2016 Pulling Schedule was also released during the weekend, and several hundred copies were provided for interested fans.  The LSGTPA group also provided rule books, decals, and accommodated many photo opportunities.  The display also included a video screen, rolling footage of tractor pulling action. 

During the AutoRama Awards Presentation, the LSGTPA group was mentioned and acknowledged for the display of tractors.  The group also took home nine awards for eight tractors, receiving very nice plaques for the award winning entries. 

Patrick Bramlett scored two Class Awards, for his 'Warthog' and 'AMuck' tractor entries.

Paul Smith scored a Class Award, for his 'Texan' tractor entry.

John Kiemele scored a Class Award, for his newly painted 'Dodge This' Super Rod tractor entry.

Lane Duncan scored a Class Award, and Rising Star Award, for his 'Texas T-Rex' Youth Class Tractor.

Steve Hovind unveiled his new 'Bad Idea' Diesel tractor, and scored a Class Award for the beautiful machine.

John Aufdenkamp scored two Class Awards, for his Outlaw Pulling Team entries.

LSGTPA tractors on display at the 56th Annual Dallas Autorama.

LSGTPA tractors on display at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dallas Autorama, held at Dallas Market Hall.

For the complete results of the 56th Annual Dallas Autorama, visit the ISCA webpage at:  ISCA Dallas Awards


Wednesday, January 13, 2016


The LSGTPA will be represented at the 56th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama, held at the Dallas Market Hall.  The world famous motorsports show will be held February 19-21, and will feature hundreds of hotrods, customs, race cars, motorcycles and several LSGTPA team tractors.

Mark your calendars for the event, and be sure to look for the LSGTPA machines on display !!

Visit the Autorama website for more information on the Dallas Market Hall event:  Dallas AutoRama

Visit the ISCA website for more information on the International Show Car Association: ISCA

Check out some of the pulling teams on FaceBook at:

Sunday, January 10, 2016


The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association was founded in 1999, as a group dedicated to sharing and promoting the sport of tractor pulling.  The organization members have always maintained a family atmosphere with the club, and has maintained a focus on family entertainment and friendly competition.  Fans attending an LSGTPA event can expect a family oriented show, showcasing high horsepower garden tractors and good clean fun in the dirt ! 

The LSGTPA is proud of each show on the tractor pulling schedule, and honors the start of each event with Prayer and our National Anthem performance.  The 2015 LSGTPA pulling season, featured some great entertainers delivering opening ceremony performances, that will forever be a part of LSGTPA history, and will certainly be remembered by those in attendance.

National Anthem performances were delivered by audio recording for each LSGTPA event, until 2010, when Haley Harrelson rolled onto the scene with an incredible live performance at the Hunt County Fair in Greenville, Texas.  Recording artist and star of the 'The Voice' performer, Amber Carrington, would perform for the LSGTPA in 2012.  Texas singer and song writer, Ashliegh Lisset, would perform for LSGTPA , as well as talented performers Bailey Melvin, Payton Williams, and Emily McCoy.  High School talents such as Micalyn Rowe and Payton Le'Ann Alaniz, would deliver awesome performances of the National Anthem for LSGTPA, as the show rolled through their towns.  Many incredible National Anthem performances have been delivered by many talented singers and song writers, for the LSGTPA shows.  The bar has been set high for opening ceremonies, by these entertainers, and the 2015 pulling season shows were no exception.

First and foremost for the 2015 LSGTPA season, was the inclusion of the Racers For Christ organization with LSGTPA.  Racers For Christ, or RFC, is a ministry dedicated to bringing inspiration to the world of motorsports.  RFC is a national organization, that provides Christian services and spiritual fellowship to the motorsports family.  The LSGTPA was blessed with the RFC assignment of Arlen Foulks, to deliver our opening Prayer for each event in 2015.  Foulks not only became a great addition to opening ceremonies, but has become a member of the LSGTPA family and crew.  LSGTPA is proud to be affiliated with RFC, and is especially proud of the work and representation of Arlen Foulks. 

National Anthem performances in 2015 were incredible.  With such amazing performances from artists during previous years, many would be interested to see what could be in store for 2015.  The opening event in Cooper, Texas would set the stage for an amazing year of performances.  The inaugural Delta County Fair & Livestock Show Tractor Pull would feature local artist Lauren Taylor, with the National Anthem performance.  Taylor is a Texas talent with an incredible voice, and an awesome range of vocals.  Her ease of covering the range of vocals needed for a great performance of the National Anthem was shown in Cooper, and her delivery was amazing.  Lauren Taylor performs live at area events, and has a website for information.

The Bonham Heritage Day celebration is one of the favorite LSGTPA events on schedule each year, and 2015 would be another great event.  LSGTPA would welcome the return of local talent Grace Johnson, to perform the National Anthem.  Johnson performed for LSGTPA in 2014 and did an amazing job, and returned in 2015 to open the show with an even more amazing performance.  Grace is a member of the Bonham High School Choir, and has a Superior rating in UIL competition.  The talented singer has great potential, and we hope to hear more from her.

Bailey Melvin.  This talented young lady is incredible.  Bailey has delivered more National Anthem performances for LSGTPA than anyone, and each one sends chills.  Bailey is a member of select regional choir teams in North East Texas, and a favorite performer of LSGTPA.  Her high range performances are truly impressive, and are an outstanding open for each event. 

The LSGTPA rolled into Alvarado as summer temperatures heated up the tracks, and one Jade Flores rolled in to deliver one of the hottest performances of the 2015 season.  With track temperatures around 120 degrees, Jade would deliver one of the most amazing performances of the season.  Stopping by to perform before her Texas State Fair Country Showdown concert, this super talented performer belted out a National Anthem performance that was truly amazing.  Jade is an LSGTPA favorite, and has an incredible voice.  Flores can be seen performing at area venues such as Red Oak Opry, and other North East Texas venues. 

Fall and Farmersville Old Time Saturday usually signal the seventh inning stretch for the LSGTPA tractor pulling teams, but for the 2015 event, the excitement seemed more like the ninth inning.  In what would be the surprise of the season, for National Anthem performances, a last minute arrangement would secure the services of one Jennifer Chiappone for opening ceremonies.  Chiappone was in town for the Old Time Saturday festival, as lead singer for the band 'Short Fuse', and graciously agreed to perform the National Anthem.  Her performance was incredible.  With a powerful voice and incredible control, fans and competitors were treated to a truly awesome performance, and everyone knew it.  Wows from the crowd and the round of applause, proved to be one of the best opening ceremonies of the season. 

The historic Rockdale Fair & Rodeo Tractor Pull closed the 2015 LSGTPA pulling season, and Rockdale High School talent Tashon Chamblee was on hand to perform our season finale National Anthem.  Chamblee would deliver another great performance to close the season in Rockdale, making for a great closing act on incredible National Anthem performances for 2015.

LSGTPA members are proud of the family atmosphere that our shows provide.  We are also proud of our Prayer and National Anthem presentations.  We appreciate so much, the time and talents that these gifted artists have donated to our shows, and wish them all the best in their endeavors.  Thank you to all who have allowed LSGTPA to be associated with your talents, and thank you for your contributions to the LSGTPA events !