Knock School Festival celebrates tractors and women

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Knock School Festival celebrates tractors and women

This year’s Knock School Threshing and road run celebrates 80 years of Ferguson tractors in Ireland and insight into the women’s roles in rural Ireland, with a display of arts and crafts from bygone days.

The festivities start on Saturday, September 10 at 4 pm with a tractor run, old or new, all welcome. The run starts and end at Cahill’s farm, stopping for tea and buns at The Old House, Aughnacross. In the evening steam engines will start arriving at Headen’s Bar where there will be a steam engine christening and a birthday party.

Sunday’s attractions will commence with a parade along the Carlow Road to Dayton’s Farm made up of engines, tractors, cars, pony and traps, horses and High Nelly bicycles.

Various forms of threshing will be staged during the day including threshing by steam, diesel, TVO and horses.

A traditional craft and food market will be held alongside a photographic exhibition and the display of arts and crafts in the new general purpose hall at the school. Activities will include traditional method demonstrations including butter making, griddle bread, basket weaving, hurley making and Irish dancing. Other entertainment on the day will include sheaf throwing, archery, bull’s eye, bottle and wheel of fortune stands, live music, pony and trap, refreshments; barbeque, pig on a spit, colcannon and wafer ice cream. Have fun guessing the weight of the bull calf and the weight of the fruit cake. There will be lots of entertainment for the children; kids zone, face painting, tattoos, pillow fight, bouncy castle and Bobo the Clown. A cup will be awarded for the best original Ferguson tractor and there will be a prize for the best outstanding barn find.

On Sunday evening the draw for the raffle and “The Cock & Bull” auction will take place in Headen’s Bar. Several raffle prizes include a Laptop and All Ireland Football tickets, items to be auctioned include a bull calf and cocks of hay along with numerous other items.

Mary Gorman is Chair of Knock NS Board of Management. “This annual event has become an integral part of the community and fundraising for Knock NSl and we hope people will come with the family and enjoy the day,” sh said.

The Threshing day is part of the school's fundraising project “Renovation for Education” which was set up to raise funds to build new classrooms. This was completed and the new school opened in September 2015. Fundraising continues for auxiliary works and a playground. Further info and directions on the, Renovation for Education Knock NS, Facebook page and website, www.knocknslaois.ie. Entry €5 for adults, children free. Gates open at 12 noon