Tractor Fest aiming for a world record

Steven Sowray and his dog, Wellie, lead a warm-up for the big day. (Picture - Gary Longbottom)
Steven Sowray and his dog, Wellie, lead a warm-up for the big day. (Picture - Gary Longbottom)

Tractor enthusiasts and families from across the country are set to gather near Ripon once again this summer for the UK’s leading vintage tractor show.

The two-day Tractor Fest at Newby Hall, which will be staged on the weekend of June 6 and 7, is attempting a world record by gathering at least 1,000 vintage Ferguson, Massey Ferguson and Massey Harris tractors together.

Organiser, the Yorkshire Vintage Association, is calling on owners of the three marques to join them for the world record attempt.

Sponsored by machinery auctioneers Cheffins, the annual Tractor Fest attracts thousands of visitors each year.

This year’s event will showcase more than 1,500 vintage tractors, engines and touring cars.

The show will also showcase pioneer veteran steel wheel tractors and all other tractor makes will also be well-represented through their dedicated clubs.

A new expanded layout means a new larger showcase for the classic car, vintage machines and commercial vehicles attending from around the UK and Europe.

Car and lorry parking arrangements have also been improved to cater for the record number of exhibitors and visitors expected to converge on Newby Hall for the event.

A March of the Tractors will once again start at Newby Hall, following a route into Ripon city centre and ending in the market square on Saturday, June 7, from 5pm.

Shops, cafes and restaurants will stay open to mark the occasion.

The tractors will be sent on their way back to Newby Hall by the new Ripon Hornblower at 7pm.

Other attractions for families include working machinery, free tractor and trailer rides, cars and trucks, vintage tractor pulling, interactive exhibits, food stalls and trade stands.

Tickets are priced adults £10, seniors £9, children £8, under-fours free, which includes entry to the garden and adventure garden.

For more information, go to the websites www.theyva.com or www.newbyhall.co.uk, or follow @thetractorfest on Twitter for all the latest updates.