Tractors race and crawl in Heritage Days Tractor Show


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Ellen Newton awards Mike Mulholland his first place championship ribbon for winning the Slow Tractor Race driving his 1962 Ford.

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Photo by Gary DeVon

Ellen Newton awards Mike Mulholland his first place championship ribbon for winning the Slow Tractor Race driving his 1962 Ford.

OROVILLE -The Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society sponsored an antique tractor showand race on Saturday, Aug. 16 in conjunction with this year’s Heritage Days.

Sometimesyou want your tractor to go fast, but at other times it’s the ability to goslow that the farmer is looking for. The Tractor Show offered races thatfeatured both – and when they said slow, they meant it – especially MikeMulholland on his 1962 Ford. It was so slow you could probably have seen thegrass grow around it if the race hadn’t been on pavement and the temperaturesin the high 90s.

In the FastTractor Race down Appleway LaMar Wolley took home the Championship Ribbon witha time of 14.69 seconds on his 1953 John Deere. Dennis Clinkenbeard was therunner up with a time of 14.97 seconds.

Here’s howthe heats went:

Fast Tractor Race first heat

LaMar Wolley on a 1953 John Deere, first place, 14.72 sec.

Mike Mulholland on a 1962 Ford, second place, time 15.16 sec

Lynn Shultz on a 1949 International Harvester, third place,time 16.20

Frank Grunert on a 1950 Minneapolis-Molina was 4th.

Fast Tractor Race second heat

Dennis Clinkenbeard on a 1957 Farmall, first place, 16.10sec

George Hill on a 1952 Ford, second place, 16.16 sec.

Jerry Barnes on a 1952 John Deere,third place, 16.21 sec.

In the SlowTractor Race the Championship went to Mike Mulholland driving his 1962 Ford;George Hill was first runner up on a 1952 Ford and third runner up was WaltBeuck on his 1944 McCormic. The race was run over three heats and here how theoperators finished in each:

Slow Tractor Race first heat

Walt Beuck on a 1944 McCormic, first place

Dennis Clinkenbeard on a 1957 Farmall, second place

Frank Grunert on a 1950 Minneapolis-Molina, third place

Ed Lehrman on a 1939 Allis Chalmers, forth place

Slow Tractor Race second heat

George Hill on a 1952 Ford, first place

Jerry Barnes on a 1952 John Deere, second place

LaMar Wolley on a 1953 John Deere, third place

Slow Tractor Race third heat

Mike Mulholland on a 1962 Ford, first place

Ted Hilstad on a John Deere, second place

Lynn Shultz on a 1949 International Harvester, third place

BobMichelsen also brought his 1949 Farmall for show. Organizers expressed theirthanks to Ellen Newton, Crystal Mulholland, Ken Taylen, Mike and Kay Sibley,the local police officers and others who made the event a success.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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