From June 8th – 9th this year, Ripon is host to the UK’s largest festival of tractors, the Newby Hall Tractor Festival. Now in its eighth year, the festival plays homage to the best in tractor design from the last hundred years.
Locals and visitors alike can spend the weekend learning about some iconic tractors like the Yuba Ball-Tread Crawler, one of the last remaining examples of the tractor in the world. The weekend features coordinated tractor dancing from the Dancing Does (not to be missed) and culminates in the March of the Tractors, when a line of tractors and engines will march from Newby Hall to Ripon Market Square. Check out the Discover Ripon site for more information.
In its eight year history, the festival has grown in popularity in the local community and now marks a fun weekend for many families and individuals alike. It’s great to see local communities taking pleasure from showcasing innovations in local industry whilst never forgetting their heritage.
At Cornthwaite AG, families will have the chance to explore the history of engineering and agricultural machinery in such a fun way. They have a comprehensive stock of John Deere, Manitou, Massey Ferguson and McCormick tractors, both new and used, and it is a pleasure to see these vehicles celebrated. All the used tractor and tractor parts are safe and well-looked-after so perhaps in a few decades time, they too will form part of the vintage range in the Tractor Festival!
The Festival is great fun for families but will also be a great source of inspiration for those in the industry: farming is part of the heritage of the north of England and with festivals like this; local businesses can take pride in their work with profitable farms, honored in their communities and it happens every year so if you miss it this year, there is always next year!