Abbeydorney to host its first vintage show

HISTORY will be made in Abbeydorney next weekend when the village hosts its first ever vintage show, where over 100 vintage tractors and stationary engines will be on display.

The event will form part of a two-day programme of events taking place on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, the first of which is a vintage tractor and car run on the Saturday evening.

Over 60 vintage and classic cars are expected to depart the village at 5pm and travel along the scenic coastal drive around north Kerry before returning to the village at 8pm. Meanwhile, an estimated 80 vintage tractors and a number of Honda 50 owners will leave the village at 5.30pm and will travel along a shorter route, before returning in convoy to the village shortly before the cars.

All participants will receive a brass plaque to mark their participation and prizes for the best and tractor will be presented to worthy recipients. Music and a BBQ will follow and entertainment will be provided for children throughout the evening.

Sunday's historic vintage show will get underway at 11am, featuring over 100 vintage vehicles and stationary machinery and more than 20 trade stands selling everything from auto parts, model machinery, arts & crafts, confectionery and much more. There will also be a number of other attractions including a dog show, run by the accomplished Cis O'Connor, bouncy castles, slides and face-painting and music will be provided by Big Jim throughout the day.

A key attraction of the day will be the arrival of 10-time hot air balloon world record holder, Pauline Baker, who will launch her balloon during the show, weather permitting.

Music will continue in Abbeydorney Club House, Twomey's Tavern and McElligott's Bar late into the night, with proceeds from the weekend's events going to Killahan NS Autism Unit.


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