Friday, January 6, 2017

LSGTPA NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMANCES SALUTE TO 2016

The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association teams have closed the books on the 2016 pulling season.  The 2016 LSGTPA Champions have been crowned, and the tractors and teams are now officially in the off season.   As we reflect on the 2016 LSGTPA events held throughout the state of Texas, many great moments stand out.  Among those, are the outstanding performances of the National Anthem singers, performing during the LSGTPA opening ceremonies. 

For the past several years, the LSGTPA teams and pulling fans have been treated to some of the finest performers in the country, during the National Anthem presentations.  Many of these talented performers go on to musical careers.  The LSGTPA organizers take pride in the accomplishments of the LSGTPA National Anthem alumni, and we like to salute each and every one of the artists who bless us with their talents. 

The 2016 National Anthem class began with the season opener performance in Cooper, Texas at the Delta County Fair & Livestock Show.  Local talent Shawna Spangler, was recruited from the area's Three Rusty Nails Church choir, and delivered and amazing performance of our National Anthem.  Spangler's powerful vocals produce an outstanding rendition of the National Anthem, combining a country tone with a touch of gospel. 

Shawna Spangler performs the National Anthem during LSGTPA opening ceremonies.

Shawna Spangler is presented an honorary pulling trophy, for her National Anthem performance in Cooper.

 The LSGTPA tour rolled into Bonham, Texas, for the Bonham Heritage Day event, and was treated to a familiar face during the opening ceremonies.  Returning to the track for her National Anthem presentation, was the Bonham High School Choir member Grace Johnson.  Johnson is a UIL award winning member of the Bonham High School Choir, and was a returning performer for the 2016 event at Powder Creek Park.  Johnson turned in another great performance with her excellent presentation, representing her school and choir very well.

Grace Johnson performs the National Anthem during LSGTPA opening ceremonies in Bonham.

Grace Johnson is presented an honorary pulling trophy for her National Anthem presentation in Bonham.

The LSGTPA teams returned to Bonham, and to another familiar performer, during the Battle At Bonham event.  This was a great event with an awesome crowd, and the opening ceremonies started the show in awesome fashion with Bailey Melvin at the microphone.  The talented Melvin has performed for the LSGTPA events for several years, and is one of the team favorites for her outstanding performances.  Melvin has an amazing range with vocals that flow effortlessly during her National Anthem performances.  Melvin is a McKinney High School student, and select choir member, performing at area venues throughout the year.  The LSGTPA is proud of her accomplishments, and look forward to seeing her at future events as her schedule allows.

Bailey Melvin delivers an outstanding National Anthem performance at Powder Creek Park.

Bailey Melvin is awarded an honorary pulling trophy, for her outstanding National Anthem performance.

Performing artist Bailey Melvin

The LSGTPA tour would roll into Bartlett, Texas for the Old Town Festival pull in midsummer.  Local talent Rebecca Beam would be presenting the National Anthem, and did an outstanding job on behalf of the Bartlett ISD and event organizers.  Her performance in the heat of the day, would kick off a great day of LSGTPA pulling action in Bartlett. 

As the LSGTPA season began to wind down, the teams rolled into Farmersville, Texas for one of the favorite events of the year.  Old Time Saturday marks the beginning of cooler weather in Texas, but the pulling action was just heating up.  Farmersville fans have seen some incredible performances in recent years during the National Anthem presentation, and 2016 was no exception as the talented Victoria Leigh took to the track to salute the flag.  The up and coming performer Leigh, was to perform at the Wylie Opry in the area, and was able to stop by for the LSGTPA National Anthem.  Her outstanding performance, was another one to remember for the Farmersville fans and pulling teams.  Leigh has a smooth voice with a classical country vibe, adding a unique sound to the National Anthem.  Leigh is a regular performer at area venues such as Wylie Opry.  Check out more from Victoria Leigh at  Victoria Leigh Music

Victoria Leigh delivers an amazing National Anthem performance during the LSGTPA event in Farmersville.


Victoria Leigh is presented an honorary pulling trophy for her LSGTPA National Anthem performance.

Texas performing artist Victoria Leigh

The LSGTPA 2016 season finale was contested at the Hopkins County Civic Center Arena in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  The closing act for the LSGTPA teams was opened by performing artist Sadie Evans.  Evans is an area talent, who was performing at the Help-A-Child benefit with The Stone Groove Band.   Evans has a wide range of vocal talent, capable of bluesy tunes, country twang, or southern rock.   The multi talented Evans, performs in various productions and events throughout the state.  Evans was selected as the 2016 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen, and was chosen to perform for the Six Flags Holiday In The Park concerts.  More on this rising talent can be found at Sadie Evans Music on Facebook and YouTube.  We look forward to hearing more from this rising star !  See more on Sadie Evans at Sadie Evans Music .



Sadie Evans would perform the National Anthem, during the LSGTPA event in Sulphur Springs.
We salute each and every one of our talented vocalists, and congratulate the 2016 National Anthem performers on a job well done !  We hope each of you enjoyed the moments shared with LSGTPA, and hope to see you all again in 2017.  We certainly wish these super talented artists well in their musical and performing endeavors.  Thank you for honoring our country, and thank you for doing so on the LSGTPA track.  We all are honored to have had you as part of the show !

















Thursday, October 13, 2016

LSGTPA 2016 CLASS CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED

The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association 2016 season has reached the end of the track, and the dust has begun to settle.  The 2016 Champions have reached the Full Pull marker, and can now prepare to celebrate the titles earned after the nine event season.

Meet the 2016 LSGTPA Class Champions

The LSGTPA Youth Class Championship title was earned by Lane Duncan, wheeling his 'Twisted Kitty' Sears Suburban 12 tractor.  Duncan would use a win at the season opening Delta County Fair & Livestock Show in Cooper, to start the season off with the points lead.  Duncan would combine three wins and three runnerup finishes to lead the pack of Youth Class drivers down the stretch.  Duncan would hold onto the lead for the title, in a very tough and talented field of young drivers.

Lane Duncan launches his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor, enroute to the 2016 Youth Class Championship. 

The LSGTPA Stock Class Championship title would belong to Claude Lewis, of Ravenna, Texas.  Lewis would pilot his 'Old Yeller' Cub Cadet tractor to seven victories on the season, securing his class title in strong fashion.  Lewis utilizes a Kohler single cylinder engine in the machine.

Claude Lewis wheels 'Old Yeller' to victory and to  a 2016 Championship.

The LSGTPA Hot Stock Class Championship title would be earned by Kody Langham, of the Longhorn Express Pulling Team from Bonham.  Langham, an alumni of the Youth Class, would use Kohler power in a Cub Cadet chassis to secure four wins for the Bonham Service Center sponsored team.  Langham would use a season finale win at the last event, to lock up the 2016 championship.

Kody Langham scores a 2016 Championship for the Longhorn Express Pulling Team.

The LSGTPA Stock Diesel Class Championship title holder, would be Patrick Bramlett of Caddo Mills, Texas.  Bramlett would pilot his beautiful 'Warthog' tractor, to a six win season to take the top honors.  Bramlett's 782 Cub Cadet tractor is inspired by the USAF A-10 Warthog, and features many details of the aircraft in the custom paint and fixtures on the tractor.  The Kubota powered machine is a show quality and Autorama award winning piece.

Patrick Bramlett pilots his A-10 inspired 'Warthog' tractor to a class title in 2016.


The LSGTPA Big Stock Class Championship crown will be worn by Jerry Toland from Bryan, Texas.  Toland wheeled his 'Triple Deuce' tractor to a six win season, on his way to the 2016 championship.  Toland is a retired machinist, and the engineering on the 'Triple Deuce' machine is evidence of his meticulous attention to detail.  The tractor uses a Kohler V-Twin to provide power to Vogel tires.

Jerry Toland and his 'Triple Deuce' obtain top honors in 2016.

The LSGTPA Stock Altered Class Championship title will belong to Michael Mayberry and his high winding, alcohol burning tractor called 'Pulling For Peanuts'.  Mayberry would steer his Cub Cadet machine to four wins on the season, to lock up the 2016 class championship.

Michael Mayberry and 'Pulling For Peanuts' pull their way to a championship title in 2016.


The LSGTPA Super Stock Class Championship title would be won by John Aufdenkamp of East Tawakoni.  Aufdenkamp would use a string of four late season victories to secure the class championship, and bring the title to the Outlaw Pulling Team.  Aufdenkamp's high winding, alcohol fueled 'Under The Influence' tractor is a Cub Cadet, using custom components.

John Aufdenkamp pilots his 'Under The Influence' machine to the top spot in Super Stock Class.

The LSGTPA Outlaw Class Championship title would be taken by Paul Smith, hailing from Morgan's Point Resort, Texas.  Smith would ride his 'Texan' tractor, a custom built Wheelhorse machine, to a six win season using Suzuki horsepower.  The beautiful 'Texan' shines on the track with custom paint from J&M Collision in Temple, Texas.

Paul Smith aboard the 'Texan' rides to a 2016 Outlaw Class Championship.

The LSGTPA Mini Rod Class Championship would be a hotly contested class, with Colby Crowe winning the title bout and earning the class title at the season finale.  Crowe would pilot his 'Weekend Warrior'  International tractor, to a four win start to the season, before driveline breakage would slow the team in the midseason.  Crowe used a clutch performance at the final event in Sulphur Springs, to take the top honors and close the season with a fifth win for the Blue Ridge, Texas team.

Colby Crowe wheels his 'Weekend Warrior' to a championship title in 2016.

The LSGTPA Super Rod Class Championship title would belong to Ken Langham, Sr. of Bonham, Texas.  Langham would pilot his wild 'Psycho' tractor to a five win season to lead the class of high horsepower machines.  Always a fan favorite in the 'fuel altered' class of tractor pulling, the 'Psycho' uses Chevrolet power in a custom chassis.  The Longhorn Express Pulling Team entry would lead the league in Full Pulls for the season, on their way to the 2016 championship.


Ken Langham, Sr. and his 'Psycho' tractor score the 2016 LSGTPA Super Rod Championship title.



LSGTPA 2016 Class Champions:  Seated, Kody Langham, Lane Duncan, Claude Lewis.  Standing, Colby Crowe, Michael Mayberry, John Aufdenkamp, Ken Langham Sr., Patrick Bramlett.


Congratulations to all of the drivers and teams, on their award winning performances and championship season !!

Monday, October 10, 2016

LSGTPA Season Finale Help-A-Child Benefit Pull Results

The 2016 LSGTPA tractor pulling season finale was conducted at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center facility in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Forty pulling teams from across the state competed in two rounds of LSGTPA tractor pulling action, as a feature event of the Help-A-Child benefit.  Rocky Young Construction transformed the arena floor into a pulling track surface.   Opening ceremonies featured the 2016 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen and performing artist, Sadie Evans, with an outstanding National Anthem performance.

LSGTPA Youth Class competitors would take to the track first, with Rinn Mayberry scoring the victory aboard the 'Old Yeller' tractor of Claude Lewis.  Lane Duncan would pilot his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor into the runnerup position, and would wheel his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor to a third place podium finish.  Jared Stephan would take his 'Iron Head' machine to a fourth place run for the Moody Pulling Team.  Jacob Hovind would score a top five finish aboard his 'Yes Deere' tractor for the Mean Green Pulling Team.  Kimberlee Stephan would pilot her Moody Pulling Team entry to a sixth place finish.

Lane Duncan launches his 'Texas T-Rex' Youth Class tractor at the Hopkins County Civic Center.

In Stock Class, Claude Lewis would score the victory aboard 'Old Yeller'.  Jimmy Helfferich would place second in the field, with Steve McCarley taking the third place spot.  James Helfferich would pull to a fourth place finish, in the very close field of Stock Class tractors.  In Hot Stock Class action, Kody Langham would score the win aboard his Longhorn Express Pulling Team entry.  Mason Hovind would score the runnerup aboard his 'Yes Deere' entry.  John Aufdenkamp would pilot his 'Rusteze' machine to a third place finish, with Jimmy Helfferich pulling to a top five finish.

Steve McCarley works his way downtrack, during the Help-A-Child LSGTPA pulling event in Sulphur Springs.

In Stock Diesel Class, Ken Langham, Jr. would take the top spot for the Longhorn Express Pulling Team.  Patrick Bramlett would pull into the number two spot, aboard his 'Warhog' tractor.  Aidan Hovind would take the third place podium position, aboard his Mean Green Pulling Team entry.  James Helfferich would pull to a fourth place finish on the night.

Ken Langham pilots his Longhorn Express Pulling Team diesel tractor to a win in Sulphur Springs.

Big Stock Class tractors were paced by Gary Bramlett, pulling to the win aboard his 'Amuck' tractor.  Jerry Toland would pilot his 'Triple Deuce' machine to a runnerup finish.  Kolby Langham and his BSC 'Texas Thunder' tractor would place third in the class.  James and Jimmy Helfferich would score fourth and fifth place finishes aboard their team tractors, with John Aufdenkamp posting a sixth place finish for the Outlaw Pulling Team.

Colby Crowe pilots his 'Weekend Warrior' during Mini Rod Class action at the Help-A-Child event in Sulphur Springs.

Stock Altered Class saw Michael Mayberry taking the win aboard his 'Pulling For Peanuts' entry, suffering drive line damage on the winning pull.  In Super Stock Class, John Aufdenkamp would post two great pulls to score the win aboard his alcohol burning 'Under The Influence' tractor.  In Outlaw Class, Paul Smith would wheel his 'Texan' tractor to the victory, with Steve Pierce pulling to a runnerup finish aboard his 'Buzzards Roost' machine.

Michael Mayberry wheels his 'Pulling For Peanuts' tractor, downtrack at the Hopkins County Civic Center arena.

In a wild Mini Rod Class performance, Colby Crowe would take the win aboard his 'Weekend Warrior' tractor.  Jerry Toland would pull to the runnerup position, aboard his 'Shinin Time' machine.  David Houchen piloted his 'Back In The Day' tractor to a third place podium finish.  Paul Smith and his 'Texan' tractor would post a fourth place finish, with Sarah Crowe wheeling her turbocharged diesel, '99% Moody',  to a top five finish on the night.

John Kiemele scores a winning pull aboard his 'Dodge This' machine, at the LSGTPA event in Sulphur Springs.
The Super Rod Class tractors closed the show, with John Kiemele scoring the win aboard his 'Dodge This' tractor.  Randell Moody posted a runnerup scoring aboard his 'Ridge Runner' machine.  Ken Langham and his 'Psycho' tractor would pull into the third place position, for the Longhorn Express Pulling Team.  Steve McCarley would pull to a fourth place finish aboard his 'Scat Cat' machine.

Randell Moody takes his 'Ridge Runner' tractor downtrack during the LSGTPA 2016 season finale.

Information on LSGTPA tractor pulling can be found at www.lsgtpa.com.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

HELP-A-CHILD Benefit To Host LSGTPA Season Finale At Hopkins County Civic Center

The LSGTPA 2016 Season Finale is set for a Saturday night show, inside and under the lights at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas.   The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th, at 6pm.





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Monday, October 3, 2016

FARMERSVILLE OLD TIME SATURDAY LSGTPA TRACTOR PULL RESULTS

Farmersville, Texas played host to the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association, for a two round tractor pulling event, as a feature of the Old Time Saturday festival.  The annual event draws festival fans and pulling teams from across the area, for a Saturday full of fun and entertainment.


Clint Parker of Racers For Christ delivered the invocation during LSGTPA opening ceremonies, followed by an awesome National Anthem performance by Victoria Leigh.  James Moody had prepared a great 200 foot track for the competitors, upon which the Youth Class competitors would start the show.  Tatom Robinson would lead the pack, aboard the 'Yes Deere' tractor.  Lane Duncan placed second, aboard his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor.  Jared Stephan would pull to a third place finish, aboard his 'Ironhead' tractor.  Lane Duncan would return to steer his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor into the fourth place position.  Kimberlee Stephan would pull to a top five finish, aboard her Moody Pulling Team entry.  Tatom Robinson would post a sixth place finish aboard 'Lil Digger', and finished seventh aboard his BSC machine.


The Stock Class title was taken by Steve McCarley, with James Helfferich posting the runnerup finish.  Claude Lewis finished in the third place podium spot, with Jimmy Helfferich pulling to a fourth place finish in the class.  In Hot Stock competition, John Aufdenkamp would take the victory aboard his 'Rusteze' machine.  Kody Langham pulled to the runnerup position aboard his Longhorn Express Pulling Team machine.  Mason Hovind posted a top three finish aboard the 'Yes Deere' tractor, with Kolby Langham placing fourth.  Jimmy Helfferich would pull to a top five finish.


In Diesel Class competition, Patrick Bramlett would lead the field with the top honors aboard his 'Warthog' tractor.  Steve Hovind would pull to the runnerup position for the Mean Green Pulling Team.  Jeff Robinson would post a top three finish, with James Helfferich finishing in fourth.


Big Stock Class competitors were paced by Patrick Bramlett aboard his 'Amuck' tractor, with John Aufdenkamp pulling to the second place position for the Outlaw Pulling Team.  Jerry Toland would steer his 'Triple Deuce' tractor to a third place finish.  Kolby Langham wheeled his 'Texas Thunder' tractor to a fourth place finish, with Jimmy Helfferich pulling to a top five finish on the day.


Super Stock action would see John Aufdenkamp posting the win, aboard his 'Under The Influence' alcohol burning machine.  Ralph Lauffer would post top three finishes aboard his Colorado based tractors.  In Outlaw Class, Paul Smith and his 'Texan' tractor would take the win, with Steve Pierce finishing second aboard his 'Buzzards Roost' tractor.


The Mini Rod tractors put on a great show, with Jerry Toland taking the title aboard his 'Shinin Time' tractor.  David Houchen would wheel his 'Back In The Day' machine to the runnerup spot, with Paul Smith and his 'Texan' tractor finishing in third.  Sarah Crowe would pilot her turbocharged diesel tractor into the fourth place position, with Colby Crowe posting a top five finish aboard his 'Weekend Warrior' tractor.

The Super Rod Class tractors closed the show, with Ken Langham taking the win aboard his 'Psycho' tractor.  John Kiemele pulled to the runnerup position aboard his 'Dodge This' machine.  Randell Moody would pilot the 'Ridge Runner' into the third place podium position.  Steve McCarley would post a fourth place finish aboard his 'Scat Cat' tractor, with Michael Sullivan posting a top five scoring aboard the 'Fired Up' tractor.


The LSGTPA teams will close the 2016 season on Saturday, October 8th, with the Help-A-Child event at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.  For more information, visit www.LSGTPA.com.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

FARMERSVILLE OLD TIME SATURDAY HOSTS LSGTPA TRACTOR PULL

The Old Time Saturday festival in Farmersville, Texas will host the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association teams, on October 1st.  LSGTPA tractor pulling teams from throughout the state and beyond, will converge on the Rike Street Park Pulling Track, for two rounds of tractor pulling action.  Contested on a 200 foot track, drivers and machines will push it to the limit to pull the 8500 pound LSGTPA sled.

Ten classes of tractors, ranging from the entertaining Youth Class to the wild Super Rod Class tractors, will shake the ground with horsepower during the 3 hour show.

The action starts at 12 noon, with opening ceremonies to feature  Texas performing artist Victoria Leigh, with the National Anthem presentation.

Check out the link at OldTimeSaturday  for a complete schedule of events.


Old Time Saturday LSGTPA tractor pulling set for high noon shootout !

LSGTPA tractor pulling action begins at high noon in Farmersville during Old Time Saturday

LSGTPA Tractor Pulling action set for 12 noon at Rike Street Park.

Performing artist Victoria Leigh will perform the National Anthem during LSGTPA opening ceremonies in Farmersville.
Rike Street Park Pulling Track, at 100 South Rike Street, Farmersville, Tx 75442

FARMERSVILLE OLD TIME SATURDAY HOSTS LSGTPA TRACTOR PULL

The Old Time Saturday festival in Farmersville, Texas will host the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association teams, on October 1st.  LSGTPA tractor pulling teams from throughout the state and beyond, will converge on the Rike Street Park Pulling Track, for two rounds of tractor pulling action.  Contested on a 200 foot track, drivers and machines will push it to the limit to pull the 8500 pound LSGTPA sled.

Ten classes of tractors, ranging from the entertaining Youth Class to the wild Super Rod Class tractors, will shake the ground with horsepower during the 3 hour show.

The action starts at 12 noon, with opening ceremonies to feature  Texas performing artist Victoria Leigh, with the National Anthem presentation.

Check out the link at OldTimeSaturday  for a complete schedule of events.
Old Time Saturday in Farmersville will feature LSGTPA tractor pulling at 12 noon.

LSGTPA tractor pulling action to be featured at Old Time Saturday in Farmersville.
LSGTPA tractor pulling action is set for a 12 noon shootout at Rike Street Park in Farmersville.

Performing artist Victoria Leigh will perform the National Anthem during LSGTPA opening ceremonies in Farmersville.
Rike Street Park Pulling Track is located at 100 South Rike Street, Farmersville, Tx 75442