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Get your boots out for tractor pull and jamboree in North Collins

LANGFORD-NEW OREGON – The annual Downhome Country Weekend will commence Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3 in part by the Langford-New Oregon Volunteer Fire Company.

For 67 years the tractor pull has been a tradition for the area. Over the years it was strictly held as the first Sunday of August. It evolved into a two-day event 24 years ago and now begins with a jamboree on Saturday.

This year, Josh Thompson will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Thompson began doing trade work pouring concrete in Nashville, Tenn. when he was 12 years old.

He began playing shows in Nashville in January of 2005 after the release of his debut album “Way Out Here.” Eventually, he scored a publishing deal with Ash Street Music. A few years later in 2008, Thompson signed a management deal with Creek House Entertainment.

Some of his hit songs include “Cold Beer With Your Name On It,” “Beer On The Table” and “Won’t Be Lonely Long.”

Gates will open at 3 p.m. The 90 West Band will open the evening of music at 4 p.m. until Thompson takes the stage at 7:30. Following that show, the J.B. Aaron Band will play until 11.

The event will take place on 2,200 square-feet of outdoor property. Bleachers will be available for seating but lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

On Sunday, the annual Langford-New Oregon VFC sanctioned Western New York Championship Truck and Tractor Pull will take place. Gates will open at 11 a.m. and pulling will run from noon into the night.

The New York Tractor Pullers will begin the show at noon with Super Farm, Modified, Heavy Super Stock and 2WD Trucks classes.

Empire State Pullers will follow with Light Super Stock, Super Farm, Modified and Heavy Super Stock classes.

The Western New York Pro Farm Pullers will close out the evening with Light Pro Farm, Heavy Pro Farm, Limited Light Super Stock and Pro Street 2.6 Diesel 4x4 Trucks classes.

All weekend long the event will have chicken barbecue, hotdogs, steak burgers, Italian sausage, pizza, fries, corn, ice cream and more. Carry-ins will not be allowed.

Parking will be free and a shuttle bus service will be provided on Sunday.

Children younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A valid form of ID will be required to purchase alcohol.

All proceeds will benefit the Langford-New Oregon Volunteer Fire Company. Sponsors for the event include: Native Pride Travel Plaza of the Seneca Nation, North Collins Save-a-Lot, Bowman Farms of North Collins, Steve Baldo, Chevy-Buick-Cadillac of North Collins, and Superior Decks and Gazebos Inc. of Angola.

The event is located at the intersections of Route 75 and Route 249 in Langford, approximately 11 miles south of Hamburg. Detailed directions can be found on the event’s website.

For more information, visit downhomecountryweekend.com.

To contact the Langford-New Oregon VFD, call 337-3440.
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