As far back as 800 AD, when the Caddo Indians were known as skilled farmers, the area between the South and North Sulphur Rivers has been a farmland of choice. After the Civil War, this area was settled, and in 1870 was organized as Delta County. Named for L.W. Cooper, who helped organize the county, the city of Cooper was formed and became a stop on the Texas Midland Railroad. In 2014, a tractor pull was organized, and Cooper became the first stop on the LSGTPA 2014 Tractor Pulling series.
The Delta County Fair and Jr. Livestock Show of 2014, played host to the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association season opener at the Cooper City Park. The brand new Delta County Fair Pulling Track was prepared and maintained during the event, by Rocky Young Construction. Excellent weather and a great crowd, provided for an awesome inaugural event to start the 2014 LSGTPA pulling season. Cooper High School Band drum major, Micalyn Rowe, presented an outstanding National Anthem performance during opening ceremonies to start the event.
The LSGTPA Youth Class tractors were the first to take to the new track, with Jared Stephan taking the win aboard the 'Outlaw Pulling Team' machine. Mason Hovind pulled his 'Yes Deere' tractor to the runnerup position, with Cassidy Bramlett placing third aboard her 'Nacho' tractor. Lane Duncan piloted his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor from Enloe, to a fourth place finish. Kody Langham placed his BSC entry in the top five, followed by Jared Stephan aboard the 'Moody Pulling' , John Deere tractor. Kody Langham returned with his second Bonham Service Center tractor, to round out the tough field of Youth Class tractors.
In Stock, Aidan Hovind placed the 'Outlaw Pulling Team' entry atop the field, with Steve McCarley scoring the runnerup. Aidan Hovind placed his 'Yes Deere' machine in the third place, with Claude Lewis pulling to a fourth place finish. The Stock Diesel class featured two Full Pulls, resulting in a Ken Langham Jr. win, with Steve Hovind placing the 'Mean Green Pulling Team' entry in the runnerup spot.
Big Stock featured another 'Outlaw Pulling Team' entry pacing the field, as John Aufdenkamp drove to the victory. Alex Jesko used a Full Pull on the 200' track, to score the runnerup spot aboard the 'Overtime' tractor, just three feet behind the leader. Patrick Bramlett placed his 'A-Muck' tractor in the top three, with Ken Langham Sr. placing fourth aboard the 'Texas Thunder' machine. Jerry Toland scored a top five finish aboard his 'Triple Deuce' tractor. Alton Degner placed his 'It'll Do' tractor in sixth place with Danny Hogan of Wolf City rounding out the field aboard his 'GranDannys Tractor' machine.
Stock Altered tractors were led by the entry of John Aufdenkamp, with Alex Jesko placing second aboard his 'Outlaw' tractor. Ken Langham Sr. scored the third place podium finish. The Motorcycle Class saw Steve Pierce aboard 'Buzzards Roost' pulling to the victory, with the beautiful 'Allis Chalmers' entry of Paul Smith pulling to second place. Todd Hickerson pulled to a third place finish. The Outlaw Class scoring resulted in John Aufdenkamp taking the win aboard his 'Three of a Kind' triple engine tractor, over Paul Smith and Todd Hickerson.
The Mini Rod Class featured the 'Shinin Time' entry of Jerry Toland taking the win, with Colby Crowe and the 'Weekend Warrior' tractor pulling to the second place position. David Houchen, aboard his 'Back In The Day' entry, placed third, over Sarah Moody and her '99% Moody' turbocharged diesel tractor.
The wild and entertaining Super Rod tractors closed the show, with Ken Langham taking the victory aboard the new Bonham Servce Center tractor. John Kiemele placed the 'Dodge This' machine in second place, just nine inches behind the leader! Donny Mayo pulled to a third place finish, aboard his 'Blackfoot Squaw' machine. Randall Moody piloted the 'Ridge Runner' tractor to a fourth place finish, in a tight field of Super Rods.
The Delta County Fair Tractor Pull of 2014 proved to be an awesome opening day for the LSGTPA, and a great show for the pulling fans in attendance. The LSGTPA teams will be preparing for the next events, which will include a double header at the Hunt County Fair on April 25th and 26th in Greenville, and then on to the Bonham Heritage Days Pull on May 3rd at Powder Creek Park in Bonham.