The LSGTPA tractor pulling teams rolled into the oldest town in Johnson County, as the eighth stop on the 2014 pulling schedule featured an event in Alvarado, Texas. Alvarado was first surveyed around 1841, and was organized into town lots by 1851. The settlement grew with the development of the intersection between the Gulf-Colorado-Santa Fe, and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroads. The town became a popular destination for commerce and celebration. In 1893, the Johnson County Pioneers & Old Settlers Association was formed, and with assistance from John James, the Reunion Grounds were developed as a community property for gatherings and events. It is upon this site, that the LSGTPA drivers and machines gathered to compete in two rounds of tractor pulling action.
|Payton Le'ann Alaniz performs the National Anthem during opening ceremonies of the LSGTPA event in Alvarado.|
Opening ceremonies included an outstanding National Anthem performance, by the talented Payton Le'ann Alaniz. The Youth Class competitors then took stage, as Jared Stephan pulled to a victory aboard his 'Iron Head' machine. Mason Hovind piloted his 'Yes Deere' entry to the runnerup position, and Lane Duncan drove the 'Texas T-Rex' tractor into the third spot. Kody Langham placed the BSC entry into the fourth place, while Jared Stephan rode the 'Rusteze' machine into the fifth spot.
|Kody Langham hangs on to his BSC sponsored tractor during the LSGTPA tractor pull in Alvarado, Texas.|
In Stock Class, Aidan Hovind placed the 'Yes Deere' entry at the front of the pack, with Kolby Langham scoring the runnerup. Claude Lewis finished with a third and fourth place pull, aboard his machines, with Aidan Hovind returning to score a fifth place finish aboard the 'Rusteze' tractor. In Stock Diesel, Ken Langham used a Full Pull on the 200 foot track, to score the win, with Steve Hovind finishing in the runnerup spot aboard his 'Mean Green Pulling Team' John Deere. In Big Stock, John Aufdenkamp took first place aboard his 'Outlaw Pulling' entry. Alex Jesko scored a runnerup finish, with Kolby Langham riding 'Texas Thunder' to a third place pull. Jerry Toland took his 'Triple Deuce' machine to fourth, while Alton Degner scored a top five finish aboard his 'It'll Do' tractor.
|Aidan Hovind finishes off a great pull, during the LSGTPA event at the Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion Grounds in Alvarado.|
Stock Altered tractors were led by Ken Langham, Sr. with a Full Pull, with Alex Jesko scoring the runnerup. John Aufdenkamp placed third and Stan Williams scored a fourth place finish. Motorcycle Class tractors featured a two tractor shootout, with Steve Pierce aboard 'Buzzards Roost' taking the win. Paul Smith piloted his 'Texan' tractor to the runnerup finish. Paul Smith returned with his 'Texan' tractor, to take the victory in the Outlaw Class, with Stan Williams scoring the runnerup finish.
The Mini Rod Class tractors put on a great show, with Colby Crowe scoring a win aboard his 'Weekend Warrior' machine. Jerry Toland place his 'Shinin Time' tractor in the runnerup spot, with David Houchen riding his 'Back In The Day' machine to a third place finish. Sarah Moody, aboard her turbocharged diesel tractor, pulled to the fourth place position. The Super Rod Class tractors closed the show, with a series of wild pulls. After the dust had cleared, Thomas Kimmons held the top spot aboard 'Fired Up', with Ken Langham Sr. scoring the runnerup finish. Donny Mayo turned in a third place finish, aboard his six cylinder 'Blackfoot Squaw' tractor. Randell Moody drove the 'Ridge Runner' tractor to fourth place, with John Kiemele and the 'Dodge This' tractor taking a top five finish.
|Colby Crowe and his 'Weekend Warrior' tractor at work, at the LSGTPA event in Alvarado.|
|Sarah Moody aboard the '99% Moody' turbocharged tractor, on a strong pull in Alvarado.|
|Ken Langham carries the LSGTPA sled downtrack at the Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion Grounds tractor pull in Alvarado.|
|Jared Stephan pilots his 'Iron Head' tractor during the Youth Class of the LSGTPA event in Alvarado.|