Knockbridge Vintage Show and Working Day 18th of September 2022
Knockbridge Vintage Club held their annual Vintage Day and Working Rally on Sunday 18 September. Delayed by a week due to the very poor forecast for the previous Sunday, the club were delighted to see the large number of exhibitors and people who turned out to enjoy the numerous events that took place throughout the day.
Vintage enthusiasts travelled with their displays from far and near to be present at the day. There were huge displays of both tractors and cars. Stationary engines along with older horse drawn equipment filled in the gaps on the timeline. On the other side of the hedge, man and machines of yester year worked full steam ahead ploughing and cultivating the newly harvested stubble. From deep in the middle of the main field, the hum of the array of threshing drums could be heard by all The smoke, dust and sweat of those who manned the mills attracted large audiences as they witnessed what was the highlight of rural villages years in times past.
The crowds were treated to many musical delights including local Castlebellingham Ukulele Group, Stedfast Shoes Brass Band, as oil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh and lastly Declan Nerney got the crowd on their feet jiving to his numerous chart hits.
Like previous years, the Dog show was a brilliant success and attracted a large number of entrants, as proud owners showed off their pooches in the hope of winning a prize. The kids were catered for in the fun corner with amusements including bouncing castles, soft play, craft workshops, magic shows and face painting.
Various demonstrations took place during the day such as flower arranging from floral artist Veronica McMahon, art and crafts, basket weaving, working blacksmith to name but a few.
The Vintage Fashion Show featured some fabulous vintage pieces with familiar faces modelling a wonderful array of colours and styles in outfits and hats.
The renowned tea stall served freshly cooked food and delicious home baking during the day. Many of the local ladies home baked and helped on the tea stall on the day. Visitors relaxed and enjoyed meeting up with family and friends for a chat in the marquee over a cup of tea. The event was a great community day.
The club would like to thank everyone who attended, sponsored or participated in any way to make the day such a success. Knockbridge Vintage Club would like to particularly thank all the non-vintage club volunteers who so generously gave their time. The club greatly appreciate all the help and support, without which the event could not have taken place.
A remarkable amount of money was raised both on the day and through sponsorship. The club are delighted to be able to donate all monies raised to worthy local charities which will be presented at the club’s presentation night in December.
Numerous photographs from the day can be viewed on the club’s Facebook Page.
Knockbridge Vintage Club Chairman