Terrific tractors and magnificent machinery from the 1940’s to modern times will be put through their paces in front of massive crowds of over 2000 people at this year’s annual Autumn Harvest at The Farm Grenagh, on Sunday, September 1st from 11 am until 5 pm
It’ll be a hectic day on the 40-acre site, with 10 acres of barley to be cut, 10 acres of silage and 3 acres of ploughing and tilling, using both vintage and modern machinery. The day-long event also features baling and bale handling demonstrations, old style silage making, reaping and binding.
Marie Forde says, “The word is definitely spreading that this is a day that celebrates the best of Irish traditional farming – and of course kids, favourite Tractor Ted will be in the mix, so there are more reasons than ever to bring the entire family from grandparents to youngsters to Grenagh for the day”.
Patriarch of the family-run farm Mick Forde says, “People rarely get a chance to see machinery from the 1940’s in operation and hundreds of people travel for miles, just like in the olden days, not just to spectate, but to get stuck in. There’s huge support for the event from local vintage clubs and enthusiasts, who bring along their machines and tractors to demonstrate on our working plots.”
As well as the special harvest event, visitors can take a trip back in time at the 1960’s Village which houses a farmhouse pre and post electrification, a forge, garage, hardware shop, communications display and school classroom and also an impressive collection of Ferguson, Massey Harris and Massey Ferguson tractors, equipment and machinery from the 1930’s to 1970’s – most of which will be out working the fields on the day.
This year will see even more to keep the little ones entertained, as besides petting and feeding the animals; zip wires and a functioning milking parlour, the new petting barn, a digger den and the only fully motorized Tractor Ted in the world which was built by Mick Forde personally.
Weather permitting, it’s sure to be an action-packed day at The Farm, so visitors are asked to come early! The Farm has full disabled access and will operate a shuttle bus to the fields for those unable to walk long distances. Entry is €8 for adults and children while kids under 2 are free. *** Family Event Rates Available Ask On The Day *** More details are available at www.visitthefarm.ie or by calling 021 462 9816 or follow The Farm Grenagh on Facebook.