Tractors rally at Glenluce

Glenluce will once again be hosting its annual Vintage Tractor Rally at Lady Stair Park on Sunday June 5th, promising a family fun packed afternoon and a challenge to any would be strongmen with a £1000 prize at stake.

One hundred plus vintage tractors have been entered for the rally, along with a number of static engines. The tractors, with models dating from before World War Two, trace the history of mechanised agriculture before the onset of today’s giant tractors. Of particular note will be a line up of Ferguson TE20 tractors, affectionally known as “The Little Grey Fergies”, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the date when the first tractor rolled off the production line in 1946.

About 1.30pm most of the tractors will leave the show field for a road run to Auchenmalg and back, via Stairhaven.

Thanks to a new major sponsor, RES, one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy companies, the Rally has a great programme of entertainment. Making a return visit is Adrian Smith, three times winner of UK’s Strongest Man Competition, presenting a show full of family fun and audience participation. He will tear up catalogues, bend 6 inch nails with his teeth, hold a chair with a lady seated on it in his teeth, along with more serious feats of strength. And Adrian will challenge anyone to beat him at a feat of strength with £1000 going to the successful challenger.

Newcomer to the Rally is The Frilly Ghillie, Heather Mitchell, who, as one the first ever female ghillies in Scotland, will give demonstrations, along with her Highland Ponies, of deerstalking.

David Shaw’s threshing mill, which featured at an early rally, and was once a common sight at local farms during harvest time, will be on show, along with a working table top scale model which demonstrates the whole of the threshing process.

For children there are a number of competitions and entertainment. “Guess the weight of the vintage tractor”, with a prize of £25, will hopefully benefit Glenluce Cubs who are running the competition, and the children’s coin scramble, run by the Stranraer & Rhins Young Farmers should prove popular. Also there will be a Bouncy Castle, a Slide and a roving Clown for the younger children.

Award winning Lochryan Pipe Band will be playing throughout the afternoon.

Maggie’s Kitchen will once again be providing Filled rolls, home baked cakes, hot soup, tea and coffee. Soft drinks and ice-cream will also be on sale. All the profits this year from Maggie’s Kitchen will be going to three good causes, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes, and Bowel Cancer research.