Garden Tractors pull for Black Hawk College scholarships

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

For the 10th year, Galva/Tri-County Garden Tractor Pullers held their Fall Indoor Pull Saturday, Nov. 5. Garden tractors from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin converged on Black Hawk College East Campus for this annual event which was free to the public. Classes included stock garden tractors up to 25 horse power and alcohol garden tractors up to 100 horse power. A total of 291 hooks took place over the course of the day; 251 regular with four classes that had heats for an additional 40 extra hooks with the finals.

“Frankenstein” a garden tractor donated to the college’s ag mechanics department several years ago also participated this year. The engine was built by ag mechanics student, Bryan Putnam, of Seaton. “Frankenstein”, built from John Deere and Cub Cadet parts by the department’s students, pulled one hook in the 16 horse 950 class and 2 hooks in the 16 horse 1050 class and the 14 horse 1050 class. The college tractor averaged 7th place in each class with approximately 15 participants in each of the classes.

Tammy Sterling, Secretary-Treasurer of the Galva/Tri-County Pullers Association said, "This is a fun event for our association that helps raise scholarship money for Black Hawk College students in the ag and auto mechanics programs." She noted that last year the association awarded three $400 scholarships to BHC students for tuition, books and tools and are hoping to do the same this year. The scholarships are funded by business donations and individuals.

Galva/Tri-County Garden Tractor Pullers want to thank the Black Hawk College Ag/Auto Mechanics Club for co-hosting the event and operating the concession. Their hard work helped pull off another successful event.