Dodgy weather doesn’t dampen spirits at threshing!
WET weather didn’t stop people flocking to Oliver Walsh’s field in Blackwater for the Blackwater Vintage Club’s annual threshing and field day. There was a great atmosphere at the event all day with people coming from right across the local area to take in the majesty of these vintage machines and enjoy a host of other entertainment on offer over the course of a jam-packed day.
A total of five working threshing mills were in action on the day along with a host of other immaculate vintage farm machinery. As if the impressive site of the mills in full flow wasn’t enough, there was live music and dancing with Declan along with a host of other items to entertain young and old such as a bottle stall, the hotly contested dog show and the curiously titled ‘poo lotto’.
This year also marked 100 anniversary of Ford and there were some stunning Ford Tractors on display on the day, showing why they have managed to last the test of time. All of the money raised on the day goes directly towards the Blackwater Christmas Lights fund and the organisers were delighted to hand over a cheque for €2,000 following another successful day.
‘It was a great day, despite the rain,’ said Helen Cullen, one of those behind the event. ‘Even with the weather being bad, people were still coming and going all day. It’s been going for seven or eight years now and it’s a real community effort. All the money will go towards the Christmas lights and Santa will also visit with presents for the children. We were delighted with the money raised and we’d like to thank everyone who came along, donated and helped out in any way on the day.
Best foot forward...dancing with Declan.
Sean Moore and Pat Doyle.
Tom Carroll and Larry Whelan.
Lisa-Ann Parle with her son, Ciaran, and mother, Michelle Dempsey, keeping dry.
John Moore, Pat Furlong and John Moore.