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'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pull
Flea Market Registration Form 2003

Rod & Gun Club Tractor Pulls July 26-27 Complete Success - 2003

(left) first car on left owned by Islander "Deno" McGinn; (middle) Setting up the sawmill owned by Ed Egloff from Albion, NY are Greg Dinsmore, Mike Szpakowski and Lyle Dinsmore; (right) Island resident Dick Harnden's old truck.
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(left) Jim Bartolotta, Bud Yensan, Royce Coyle (Bus' brother-in-law from Texas), Mike Yensan and Steve Carter were all trying to decide what to do next or when the rain was going to hit; (middle) Tractor Pulls Chairman Kathy Barton making sure things were going right Saturday morning
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Tractors were the name of the game!
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Middle photo: Pat Tench, member of the Gun Club Board of Directors stands by antique tractor wishing he owned it.
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(Right photo) Lyle Dinsmore pulling.
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(Left) Lyle Dinsmore, Kathy Barton and Mike Yensan running the buzz saw; (middle) Mikey Dinsmore pulling the sled; (right) Mike Yensan brings in one of George DeGlopper's tractors for display
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Antique cars owned by Paul Malecki and Dave Kaiser

   The Grand Island Rod & Gun Club's Tractor Pulls went off without a hitch and people from on and off the Island enjoyed both days of ongoing events.
   Members of the Gun Club on Whitehaven Road report that their first attempt at running such an event has been successful, despite dark skies and minor rain showers. Chairman Kathy Barton reported that 525 people paid admission at the gate over the two-day event. The Club completely sold out Saturday's Chicken BBQ dinner, which was under the direction of Islander Dick Smith Sr. The crowd Saturday evening got into the swing of the "West of the Mark" band and there is a good chance they will be brought back next year.
   Results will be posted as they become available.
   The following Grand Island businesses gave generously to the Chinese Auction: LDC Construction, Double D Construction, Cozy Landscaping Service, Charter One Bank, Colonial Liquor, Sound Choice Audio, Monro/Muffler/Brake, McMahon's Restaurant, Maria's Hallmark, Napa Auto Parts, Wheelhouse Marine, HSBC Bank, Adrian's Custard & Beef, Island Pools, Tops, Holiday Inn, American Document Destruction Services, Starline USA, Anchor Marine, Blue Water, Village Inn, Grand Island Quality Cleaners, Pizza Hut, Town Cafe, Picasso's Pizza, Fuccillo Chevrolet, Flower A Day Florist, Rose Liquor, VFW Post 9249, Loyal Order of the Moose #180, Grand Island Highway Dept., X-Press Cleaners, Fox 29, Grand Island Sales & Service, Tully Products, West Island Trucking, Island Tanning, Diversified Management Services.
   Tractor Pulls Chairman Kathy Barton expressed her appreciation and that of the Pulls committee for the excellent news coverage and promotion of the event by the Grand Island E-News at

'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pull Schedule
   The schedule of events for the 'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls follow:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday - Chinese Auction
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Saturday - Flea Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Saturday - Car and Motorcycle Cruise
noon - 3:30 p.m. - Saturday - Garden Tractor Pull
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Saturday - Chicken BBQ
6 to 10 p.m. Saturday - "West of the Mark," country western band
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Sunday - Chinese Auction
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Sunday - Flea Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday - Car and Motorcycle Cruise
11 a.m. - ?? - Sunday - Antique Tractor Pull

'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls
Antique Tractor Display, Flea Market, Car and Motorcycle Show
   'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls, an Antique Tractor Display, a Flea Market, and a Car and Motorcycle Show has been announced by members of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, Inc. The event will be hosted by the Rod & Gun Club and held on the Club's Whitehaven Road property on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, 2003.
   The fun will begin with the Garden Tractor pulls on Saturday, July 26th. "These are not your ordinary garden tractors, the kind you use to cut your lawn each week," a spokesman for the pulls said this week, "but souped up, modified racers. The owners invest a lot of money in these machines and put on a great show," she said. The antique tractors will have their turn to pull on Sunday, July 27th. According to the committee, these tractors date from 1956 and earlier.
   Anyone interested in reserving space for the flea market or displaying a car or motorcyle as part of the show, is asked to contact Kathy Barton at 773-9130
( for details. Flea market spaces rent for $15 per day/$30 for both days and are 30' wide and 20'deep. There is no entry fee for the display of vehicles. Scroll up for the Flea Market Registration Form.
   The Tractor Pulls and all of the planned activities should be great entertainment for people of all ages.

Be A Part Of The Flea Market
'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls
   Flea Market applications are still being accepted for the two-day event that will take place in conjunction with the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, Inc. 'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls being held on the Club's property, 1083 Whitehaven Road, on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, 2003. For Flea Market vendor application and information, scroll to top of page and "click."

'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls - UPDATE!
   Grand Island Rod & Gun Club members under the chairmanship of Kathy Barton, are more than ready to present their 'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls and have a full, two-day lineup packed with the main events, food, music and fun.
   The Garden Tractors will pull on Saturday and Antique Tractors on Sunday.
   The live music of "West of the Mark," a fabulous country western band, will play from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. during the Chicken BBQ on Saturday, July 26, 2003. Dinners, (300 available) will include 1/2 chicken with Chiavetta's BBQ sauce, salt potatoes, baked beans and rolls and butter for $6/adults and $2/children 12 and under.
   Motorcycles and cars will be on displays and the first 50 cars and first 50 bikes to register on Saturday will receive a goody bag. Participants in the bike and car displays will be eligible for door prizes.
   Other features include displays of old, original Island farm equipment, Bob Weaver's Motor Sports display, a radio control car display by R C Experience from Niagara Falls, Chinese auction with items donated from several WNY businesses and a large flea market. Hot dogs and hamburgers and beverages will be available throughout the event.
   Spaces for the Flea Market rent for $15 per day/$30 for both days and are 30' wide and 20'deep. Scroll to top of page for Flea Market registration form and information.
   Admission for each day of the 'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls extravaganza is $5 or a weekend pass is available at $7.50. Children under 48" are free.
   For more "pull" details, be sure to read the first "tractor pull" article at the top of this page.

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