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City Pulse: Hallettsville wants you 'hooked' on antique tractor pull

By bianca r. montes/bmontes@vicad.com - bmontes@vicad.com
Jan. 15, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Updated Jan. 14, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.

Kenneth Hyden, 60, of Gonzales, pulls a weighted sleigh on his antique 1936 F 30 Farmall tractor Cowgirl Junkie at a pull in West. Hyden will show this weekend at the Hallettsville Antique Tractor Show and Pull.

If you go

• WHAT: Antique Tractor Show & Pull

• WHEN: 3-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Wilbur Baber Memorial Complex, intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 957 and County Road 200 in Hallettsville

• COST: $10 (ages 13 and older), $20 hook fee

• CONTACT: Call Jerry Robertson at 361-772-6671

Kenneth Hyden did not intend to pull tractors when he went looking for one on Craigslist.

He was just "looking."

But he quickly fell in love. Its name was Cowgirl Junkie, a 1936 F-30 Farmall tractor with a modified Ford 429 Super Cobra Jet engine.

It wasn't for sale.

He didn't leave empty handed, though. Instead, he purchased an antique 1953 Allis Chalmers and latched on to a new hobby.

"I wasn't even thinking of pulling until I saw this tractor," he said. "I kind of got the bug and have been all over the country with it."

Three weeks later - and a whole lot of persistence - he took home Cowgirl Junkie.

This weekend, he will show off both tractors at the annual Antique Tractor Show & Pull in Hallettsville.

Director Mark Hermes said the antique tractor pull has been in the town for eight years and because of the large farming community, it's been a huge hit.

Doors to the event open at 5 p.m. Friday and a "Straight Out of the Field," exhibition pull is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, events include the tractor pull, a tractor parade and end at 3 p.m. with the Kiddie Pull.

"It's a great environment," Hyden said, who attends between 15 and 20 pulls a year. "Everybody is there for the fun of it. It's good side-by-side competition."

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