Go nuts in Borris with pigs on a spit and bachelor boot camp

Going nuts in Borris! Pictured at the launch of the Annual Tractor Nuts Festival in Borris are John Murray from RTE, model Rois�n Trait, Aoife O'Carroll and Sarah Canning. The festival takes place on May 11 and 12 and will feature a 26km run with vintage tractors, a Bachelor Boot Camp, the Farmers Market and a barn dance in Borris House. Tractor Nuts is an annual fundraiser for The Irish Cancer Society and The Kidney Association.
HUNDREDS of tractor nuts from all over Ireland and abroad will descend on the quaint village of Borris on May 11 and 12 for the 10th annual Tractor Nuts Festival.

HUNDREDS of tractor nuts from all over Ireland and abroad will descend on the quaint village of Borris on May 11 and 12 for the 10th annual Tractor Nuts Festival.

The festival, which is part of the calendar of Gathering 2013 Events, will have something for everyone including a Bachelors Bootcamp, (ICA style!), a Tractor Nuts Barn Dance, a farmers market and a Gathering of Fordson Tractors and that’s just on Saturday 11th May in the grounds of Borris House.

On Sunday, May 12 from noon, one of the highlights will be the annual Tractor Run featuring beautifully restored vintage tractors rolling out from historic Borris House taking a scenic 26 km route up to Mount Leinster to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Kidney Association.

A new addition to this year’s festival is the Bachelor’s Bootcamp with local bachelors battling it out for the Bachelor of Borris title on Saturday May 11. The bachelors will be put through their paces and made perform special tasks to turn them into prime husband material. TV3 Celebrity chef, Edward Hayden, will teach the bachelors a thing or two in the kitchen, sharing his secrets from his new cookbook “Food for Friends”, while local “cowboy” Billy Canning will put the Bachelor’s through their paces for their party piece that night at the Borris House Hoedown Barn dance. As well as a gathering of tractors the sons and daughters of Borris will also be returning home to mark the 10th anniversary of this great community tradition. RTE’s John Murray, whose boots are better known for his walking, will be donning his wellies to add his support for what will be a fantastic weekend.

A part-time Borris resident, he said the town is very dear to him. “The Tractor Nuts Festival is a voluntary community fundraising effort with a dedicated group of people behind it. I am delighted to be giving it my support this year. While I won’t be driving a tractor, I will be putting on the wellies and joining in the festivities and the craic!”

Brian Kelly, a member of the Tractor Nuts committee since 2003, said Borris promises to host a Gathering never to be forgotten. “There is a packed programme this year but the Tractor Run on Sunday 12th May will be very special with people waking up to the revving up of vintage tractors which will start their run at 12noon. Over the last ten years the Tractor Run has raised over €149,000 for the Irish Kidney Association and the Irish Cancer Society and this year we hope people will dig deeper to mark its 10th anniversary.”

People can support the cause through sponsorship cards. All completed cards will be entered into a draw for one nights B&B for two in The Step House Hotel in Borris.

Highlights Saturday

Fordson Vintage Tractors Ploughing Demo at 11am; Gathering of Fordson Tractors, with a parade, and competition for the best condition tractor and tractor backing demo’s – 2 pm; Farmer’s Market, (freespots for stall holders) – 2 pm; A High Nelly bicycle display, and old fashioned children’s games organised by St. Mary’s National School; A Wellie Throwing competition, Sheep shearing, Horse Shoeing and Wood Turning – all day; “Nuts About Dogs” Dog Show sponsored by Canine Ireland and Connolly’s Red Mills - 3.30pm; Mad Hatters Tea Party for kids with clown show and entertainment from Mini, Mickey and Bob the Builder. (€2 per child) – 4.30pm; Celebrity chef Edward Hayden Bachelor’s Bootcamp cooking demo at 5p Tractor Barn Dance at Borris House Hoedown Ballroom with music from folk band Vicker’s Vimy, set dancing from the Brog Makers, traditional musicians, line and set dancing, food, and music from DJ Jarlett

Highlights Sunday

Annual Tractor Road Run. Roll out of Borris for a 26 mile road run – 12 noon; Pig On a Spit Barbeque with music and entertainment, The Step House Hotel - 4.30 p.m.

Sponsorship cards from Denis or Brian on 086 259 5281. Entry into grounds of Borris House for Farmer’s Market and demonstrations: €2 on Saturday May 11. Children are free. All proceeds going to the charities. Parking available. The Barn Dance tickets (€20) are limited and pre booking essential. For tickets please contact Denis on 087 259 5281.