Wednesday 21 February 2018

Annual fair has a great vintage

KNOCKBRIDGE Vintage Club recently held their annual vintage day and working rally.

The weather wasn't ideal but club members were overwhelmed by the large crowd that turned out to enjoy the numerous events throughout the day.

Vintage enthusiasts travelled with their displays from far and near to be present at the day.

There were huge displays of tractors and cars, while 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 All Ireland Ploughing Champions, Gerry King demonstrating horse ploughing.

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 village's year in times past.

As always, the dog show and sheep racing proved a real hit with the crowd, as did the various demonstrations that took place, such as flower arranging by floral artist Veronica McMahon, art and crafts and working blacksmith. There was fierce rivalry in the Tug of War as local teams fought for the trophy with the 'Pink' Team winning the title in the end captained by Donal Conroy.

The vintage fashion show made a welcome and featured some fabulous vintage pieces which local people kindly donated for modelling. Many familiar faces modelled a wonderful array of colours and styles in outfits and hats.

The committee, on behalf of the club members expressed their thanks to everyone who supported, sponsored, helped or participated in any way to make the day such a success.

Knockbridge Vintage Club would like to particularly thank all the non-vintage club volunteers who so generously gave their time.

'Knockbridge's Got Talent' was a brilliant success and a large number of incredibly talented musicians, singers and dancers performed. The top three were: first place – Gavin Gribben; second place – Paddy Wallace; and third place – Caitlin McNally and Kodi McEneaney.

A special thanks also went out to all the ladies who had delicious food available in the marquee all day.

The Argus

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