Knockbridge Vintage Club held their 6th annual Vintage Day and Working Rally on Sunday 7 October and the event was a tremendous success. There were huge displays of both vintage tractors and cars bigger than the visitors to the show had seen before with more than four hundred and fifty vehicles on show. Stationary engines along with older horse drawn equipment filled in the gaps on the timeline.
On the other side of the hedge, man and machines of yesteryear worked full steam ahead ploughing and cultivating the newly harvested stubble. The Knockbridge Vintage Club were privileged to have four teams of horse ploughing including the All Ireland Ploughing Champions, Gerry King and his son David. From deep in the middle of the main field, the hum of the array of threshing drums could be heard by all. The smoke, dust and sweat of those who manned the mills attracted large audiences as they witnessed what was the highlight of rural villages years in times past.
Sheep racing was one of the many attractions which like previous years proved a real hit with the crowd. Various demonstrations took place throughout the day such as flower arranging from floral artist Veronica McMahon, art and crafts, working blacksmith to name but a few. 8 vs. 8 Tug of War was held again and the competition was fierce as local teams fought for the trophy.
The Dog show was a brilliant success and attracted a large number of entrants again, as proud owners showed off their pooches in the hope of winning a prize. The kids were catered for in the fun corner with amusements including bouncing castles, slides, face painting, nail art and pot painting.
“Knockbridge’s Got Talent” was a tremendous success and the marquee was packed to capacity to see an amazing array of incredibly talented young musicians, singers and dancers perform. The standard of talent was outstanding and the judges had a very difficult job selecting the winners. 1st Place - Ceili Phillips, 2nd Place - Gavin Gribben, 3rd Place - Caitlin McNally and Kodi McEneaney and People’s Choice Award - Paddy Wallace.
A phenomenal amount of money was raised both on the day and through sponsorship. The club are delighted to be able to donate all monies raised to worthy local charities which will be presented at the club’s presentation night.
The committee, on behalf of the club members would like to thank everyone who supported, sponsored, helped or participated in any way with the day to ensure it was such a success. A special word of thanks must indeed go to the Gardai and all the marshals who so generously gave their help throughout the day to ensure the day ran smoothly.
Photographs from the day can be viewed on the club’s website: www.knockbridgevintageclub.com and Facebook Page.