Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Farmersville, Texas was founded in 1849 by local farmers, and was a major railroad shipping point for the agricultural industry of the area.  The Kansas City Southern railroad still runs through town, as does the historic Chaparral Rail Trail.  At the junction of these tracks, at the Rike Street Park, the LSGTPA set up a track of their own, to battle for the Old Time Saturday tractor pulling title.  Cool temperatures welcomed the pulling teams and fans, as the competition began at high noon. 

Opening ceremonies began with an outstanding performance of the National Anthem by Ashliegh Lisset.  The seventeen year old, Nashville recording artist and Texas native, scheduled the stop at Farmersville after an invitation by one of her fans, Lane Duncan, who would be pulling at the event.  Lisset had just completed her debut album, 'Misunderstood',  and graciously accepted the invite to perform in Farmersville.

Ashliegh Lisset performs the National Anthem in Farmersville.

After Lisset's stirring rendition of the Anthem, the Youth Class pullers took the stage in front of an excited crowd and put on a great show that included two Full Pull's by Jared Stephan and Lane Duncan.  After the second round, Jared Stephan held the lead for the win over Lane Duncan and his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, by a margin of just two feet !  Katyn Yarborough placed her tractor in the third place position, with Cassidy Bramlett finishing fourth and Kody Langham placing fifth. 

Jared Stephan pulls to a victory during Old Time Saturday.

Lane Duncan records a Full Pull during Old Time Saturday in Farmersville.
Katyn Yarborough pulls to a top three finish in Farmersville.
Cassidy Bramlett scores a top five finish in Farmersville.

In Stock, Alton Degner pulled to the victory by less than one foot, over the second place tractor of Claude Lewis, Sr.   Steve McCarley pulled to third place with Garin Mason and Thomas Kimmons placing in the top five.  Chris Harper, Curtis Phelps and Skeet Degner rounded out the top of the Stock pullers.  The Big Stock title was taken by Patrick Bramlett, over the Aufdenkamp team of John and Shawn finishing second and third.  Connie Jesko turned in a fourth place finish while Kolby Langham managed a top five finish.  Len Hickerson and Chancy Williams rounded out the field.    Shawn Aufdenkamp took the win in Stock Altered, with Garin Mason pulling to the runnerup spot and Alex Jesko finishing third. 
Patrick Bramlett scores a victory during Old Time Saturday pulling action.

In Super Stock, Ken Langham piloted his wild, alcohol burning Cub Cadet to the victory over Chancy Williams.  In the Motorcycle Class, Steve Pierce took the win over Todd Hickerson.    The Outlaw Class title was taken by John Aufdenkamp and his 'Three of a Kind', triple engine tractor.  Todd Hickerson managed a runnerup finish, with Ken Langham Sr. taking the third place spot.  The always entertaining Mini Rod tractor class, had Jerry Toland aboard 'Shinin Time',  taking the victory with Sarah Moody finishing in the runnerup spot with her '99% Moody' John Deere.  Tommy Kimmons pulled to a third place finish with David Houchen and 'Back In The Day' placing fourth Colby Crowe pulled to fifth aboard his 'Weekend Warrior' tractor.

Sarah Moody puts her '99% Moody' John Deere in second place at Farmersville.

Tommy Kimmons hangs the tires on a pull in Farmersville.

David Houchen and 'Back In The Day'  debut in Farmersville.

'Weekend Warrior' pilot Colby Crowe at work in Farmersville.

The wild Super Rod Class tractors closed a great show, with Sam Carroll and 'PawPaw's Pull Toy' taking the victory over James Moody's 'Varooom' tractor.  Tyler McCarley posted a top three finish, with a wild final pull that grenaded the engine in his 'ScatCat' tractor.  Jerry Toland placed his 'Dodge This' machine in fourth.  Randall Moody pulled to a fifth place finish aboard the 'Ridge Runner',  with Donny Mayo finishing in the sixth spot.

Sam Carroll takes 'PawPaws Pull Toy' to the winner circle in Farmersville.

The LSGTPA will have a short week to prepare for the next event, as the teams will be competing at the Grayson County Fair in Denison this Friday night, October 12, at the outdoor arena in Loy Lake Park.  Start time is scheduled for 7pm, with opening ceremonies to include the National Anthem presentation by Bailey Melvin.  Visit the www.LSGTPA.com website for additional details. 

Ashliegh Lisset tries on the 'Texas T-Rex' in Farmersville.

LSGTPA Youth Class winners at Old Time Saturday.

Ashliegh Lisset is presented an honorary trophy for her National Anthem performance.
Ashley Jesko and Richard Duncan photos.

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