Co Down Traction Engine Club plans Working Vintage Festival

n The club are aiming to have a world record number of Muir Hills at the festival.

COUNTY Down Traction Engine Club’s annual vintage festival will take place on Saturday August 10 in Rosemount Estate, Greyabbey, as usual.

On the preceding Friday evening the club will also have its tractor road run and barbecue for everyone to enjoy. The route of the road run will be posted on the club’s website ( nearer the time and barbecues will be provided so that you can cook your own food – there will also be live music.

n Harvesting of oats will be one of the demonstrations at the Working Festival. :

On Saturday there will be displays of steam engines, vintage tractors and cars (including special displays of Mini cars in N. Ireland and 70 years of Land Rover). There will be stationary engines, lorries, motorbikes, etc together with the usual food outlets, trade stands, autojumble, amusements and live music and dancing on stage.

This year the club hopes to have two working fields with shuttle trailers transporting the public around the site.

In the smaller field there will be the harvesting of oats and “pick your own” potatoes together with baling, ploughing and cultivating of the stubble by the smaller tractors.

In the larger field the club hopes to have tractor pulling with the large sled and ploughing for the bigger tractors.

Another special feature for 2019 will be the display (static and working) of Muir Hill tractors and organisers are hoping to set a new world record for the most Muir Hills gathered together. They hope to have examples of every model made, so if you have a Muir Hill of any kind then bring it along.

The whole event is a unique opportunity to see at first hand just how this award winning club preserves our agricultural heritage for everyone in the community to enjoy so come along and bring the whole family as there is something for everyone to enjoy. As usual the proceeds will be ploughed back into good causes within the local community. 


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