Masham’s ready for Steam Engine Rally

A 1916 John Fowler traction engine at last year's rally.
A 1916 John Fowler traction engine at last year's rally.

The final touches are being put in place for the Masham Steam Engine Rally as it arrives for its 49th year this weekend.

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, the show returns with interesting exhibitions with many that have never been seen before at Masham.

Flo Grainger, who has been organising the event since 1991, said there will be an array of entertainers, face painters and bouncy castles as well as mountain bike teams, national pony games and motorbike stunt teams.

She said:“The whole event is run by volunteers and their help is vital as the rally keeps our town hall open and helps the community.

“We have got some beautiful steam engines coming this year. They come from all over and this year we have two coming from the Isle of Man. We also have 21 different classes of exhibitions .

“We have a number of young people who are carrying the torch for the event and want to see it continue, and that’s exactly what we need.”

Attractions like the Road Run heading into the town square attracts visitors to the event and Flo explained that she is still inspired to keep returning customers happy.

“People tell you that they have been coming for 30 years and that is extremely heart warming. People seem to like the show – they come year after year and that inspires us to make the event even better.”

Despite all the hard work and planning that has gone into this year’s rally, Flo said there is no time to stop as they prepare to make next year’s event even better.

She said: “Next year is the 50th anniversary of the rally so we might have to get to work a bit earlier this year to start making preparations for that.

“Usually we have a bit of a rest after a rally, then a couple of months later we come back for a brainstorm, discuss what we did and what improvements could be made.

“However, seeing as it’s an extremely special event next year, we might have to cancel the break and get our heads down straight away so we can make it an anniversary to remember.”

A full programme of events starts at 11am on Saturday, and 10.45am on Sunday. Children aged five-14 can gain admission for £2.