GREENVILLE– The Darke County Tractor Pullers Association’s (DCTPA’s) annual banquet was held Saturday night at Romer’s in Greenville, with just shy of 200 people in attendance.
The focus of the gathering was the 2021 pulling season and awards were presented to top point winners.
Duane “Lum” Edwards once again served as emcee.
Before the meal was served, a moment of silence was held in memory of the late John Proeschel of Eaton and the late Sue Dietrich of Darke County.
Edwards recognized some of the guests, which included representatives of the Darke and Mercer county fairs; Farm Power of the Past, National Kiddie Tractor Pullers; and a fellow announcer.
Donations at the gathering went to the Cancer Association of Darke County, Greenville Township Fire and Rescue, Greenville Moose and the Redkey, Ind., Volunteer Fire Department, the latter who was represented at the banquet.
The following were presented awards that evening in:
*Alt. Gas 4×4 trucks: Taylor McCreery first, Ted Walker second and Miles Rosenberger third.
*2.6 Diesel 4×4 Trucks: Jacob Phelps first, Drew Krogman second and Tyler Rice third.
*V-8 Hot Rod: Chris Zaenkert first, Barney Taylor second and Ben Holthaus third.
*Naturally Aspirated Super Stock (NASS): Mike Patterson first, Kent Butler second and Larry Wilson third.
*Alt. Farm Stock: Rob Hester first, Jack Bingham second and Scott Patterson third.
*Hot Farm: Justin Fleck first, Chris Regadanz second and Conner Carrington third.
Also honored with a traveling trophy were Glen and Taylor McCreery.
Recognized by Craig “Biggin” Schlechty as well were members of the track crew who were key players last year. They included: Ryan Holsher, Gary Davis, Kurt Schlechty, Wayne Schroeder, Jared Cox, Keith Horst, Rob Boggs, Stuart Epperson, Raymond Denniston, Jacob Clifton, Kirt Drew, Jack Bingham, Caleb Allread and Tyler Myers.
“They put on one caliber of a show,” Biggin said. “They put in a lot of hours.”
He also mentioned, but didn’t introduce, the junior track crew but asked them to stand up and be recognized.
“That’s our future right there,” said emcee Edwards, pointing out to those young boys in the audience.
In his report to those in attendance, Kyle Schlechty, vice president, remarked, “A lot has happened since 2019,” he said. “2020 was a real interesting year and we looked forward to the spring of 2021. Darke County Fair was a great success…an amazing show. Congratulations to all of you winners. Our spouses are greatly appreciated. Since COVID, sponsorship went down. We want to thank our sponsors, all of our promoters and fair boards. Let’s make 2022 better than ever.”
President Joe Singer thanked his wife, Chevonne, for her support during his presidency. He said they’ve been married almost 43 years.
He then introduced Darke County Fair Board member Thomas Shaw, who spoke briefly. “You had a very productive and good show,” Shaw said. “The children help a lot at the fair.”
Other officers of the DCTPA are Secretary Tina Davis and Treasurer Tony Schlechty, while the directors are Mark Bingham, Kirt Drew, Rob Hester and Ryan Holsher.