Steam threshing and vintage fun at Knock

“Bigger and better” is the promise for the Knock School Threshing & Road Run, this Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, with steam engines, vintage machines, crafts, games and bbq treats.

“Bigger and better” is the promise for the Knock School Threshing & Road Run, this Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, with steam engines, vintage machines, crafts, games and bbq treats.

The fun kicks off at 4pm on Saturday with a tractor run, all welcome, old or new. The run starts and ends at Cahill’s farm, stopping for refreshments at The Old House, Aughnacross, with bbq and music afterwards.

Sunday will feature seven working steam traction engines and rollers, four threshing mills and a steam powered stone crusher and saw bench. A chance to fondly recall traditional farming practices.

Traditional craft demos include butter making, griddle bread, basket weaving, hurley making along with Irish dancing, all beside the newly renovated school.

Games include sheaf throwing, archery, bullseye, bottle and wheel of fortune stands, book and craft stands, live music, and a pony and trap. Have fun guessing the weight of the bull calf, the weight of the fruit cake and how many Nurses on a Nuffield v Farmers on a Ferguson.

Traditional food includes a barbecue, pig on a spit, colcannon and wafer ice cream.

A kids zone, face painting, tattoos, pillow fight, bouncy castle and Bobo the Clown will keep the children happy.

On Sunday evening Headen’s Bar will host the raffle draw and “The Cock & Bull” auction. Prizes include an iPad and All Ireland Football tickets, Auction items include a bull calf and cock of hay.

The annual threshing weekend is part of Knock NS’s ongoing fundraising project “Renovation for Education”, to build new classrooms.

See www.knocknslaois.ie. Entrance €5 adults, children free. Gates open at 12noon.