Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Event - Record-breaking tractor show (Newark)

With more entries still expected, the 2012 Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show has already broken last year’s record of exhibitors.

SOME of the tractors on display at last year’s Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show.Organisers of the event which will be held at Newark Showground on November 10 and 11, have so far received 1,030 entries as an added celebration in its tenth anniversary year.

Among the hundreds of tractors on display will be 106 Perkins Derivatives — a feature for the 2012 show — with a further 12 commercial vehicles in this section, 48 nominated entries, 70 entries under the banner of Friends of Ferguson Heritage, 66 Ford and Fordson and 96 entries from Blue Force members.

Blue Force was launched in April last year to encompass Fordson, Ford and New Holland tractors, skid units converted by the likes of County, Doe, Muir-Hill and Roadless plus commercial vehicles such as the Ford Thames Trader.

Heritage vehicles number more than 130, covering classic caravans, cars, commercials, Land Rovers, military, motor-cycles and bicycles.

There are more than 200 static displays, including 94 horticultural pieces of equipment — nearly a third of them the featured Landmaster range of machinery — and 44 static engines.

A total of 19 clubs and societies will have stands, where members will impart knowledge, passion and a host of anecdotes from the past.

Main ring attractions include the popular Dancing Does plus heavy horses and costume-bedecked carriage drivers with their British native ponies.

A first for the show is the Get Ahead For Christmas marquee with chefs Teresa Bovey and Linda Hewett giving tips and advice on celebratory fare.

There will be a host of craft stands bursting with festive gift ideas.

The vintage auction run by Brown and Co on the Saturday and the Sunday Sort-Out will revert to the Newark Ring.

Lots for the auction should be directed to Judy Strawson on 01652 654833.

Alternatively interested parties can email her at judy. or to download an entry pack.

Anyone wishing to have a pitch at the Sort-Out should contact Mary Hopkins on 01636 705796 or email mary@newark

There are more than 40 trophies up for grabs and these will be presented following the annual Remembrance Day Service in the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall on the Sunday.

Britain’s rural heritage is rich with native breeds of horses, ponies, livestock and poultry, used for working the land and to provide food and clothing. and this will be showcased in the Living History of the British Isles exhibition.

Among the many animals on display will be Welsh, Fell, Shetland, Exmoor and Highland ponies, three of the largest mules in the UK —Ruby, Muriel and Major — a white donkey by the name of John Barley Corn who is frequently seen at garden parties, in Nativity plays and now attends ploughing matches put to a Ransomes Smallholders Plough, and Shire, Clydesdale and Percheron heavy horses.

Two cheeky faces that are regulars at the exhibition are alpacas Boo and William.

Some of the oldest breeds of sheep will be represented by Norfolk Horns, Herdwick and Lincoln Long Wools as well as the North Ronaldsay.

Pigs and cattle are represented well with British Lops, Large Blacks, Oxford and Sandy Blacks among the pig breeds on display with Highland, Lincoln Red, Jersey, Shetland and Belted Galloways as fine examples of some of Britain’s best in beef and dairy cattle.

Sunday sees two calf shows taking place within the exhibition — the Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders Association Regional Calf Show, which returns for a second year, and the inaugural Mixed Breeds Calf Show. Both feature young handler classes.

The exhibition includes a host of displays charting ancient crafts from stick-making to spinning animal hair.

Visitors are encouraged to bring some of their pets’ hair and see it turned into yarn.

For the first time at the event there will be masonry carving.

Outside displays feature a selection of horse-drawn wagons and agricultural implements, a shepherd’s hut and assorted farming bygones.

Visitors will also be able to try their hand at archery.

Further entertainment is in the form of sheep racing, where spectators will have a chance to place bets on the outcome.

There is also One Man and His Pig — dog agility but with a pig.

Advance tickets for the event which runs from 9am to 5pm on the Saturday and 9am to 3.30pm on the Sunday, are available online.

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