Going nuts for charity tractor run

FANS of vintage and classic tractors will get an opportunity to view some rare tractors this weekend in Borris while at the same time raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Kidney Association.

FANS of vintage and classic tractors will get an opportunity to view some rare tractors this weekend in Borris while at the same time raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Kidney Association.

This year marks the 9th year of The Tractor Nuts which to date has raised more than €146,000 for charity.

On Saturday at 5pm, Field Marshal tractors will take to the road for a short run around the town. They will remain on working display for the entire weekend. As any self-respecting fan of vintage tractors will tell you the Field Marshall is a rare specimen with only a handful in the country

On Saturday at 2pm the Tractor Nuts Festival is hosting a Speed Dating Walk, calling all single men and women. Enjoy a leisurely, scenic walk along the Barrow line while also meeting and chatting to other single people.

Entertainment and craic will be on the cards with an “Oil Up” and Traffic Light Party which will take place in the Green Drake Inn from 9pm. All who have attended in the past will know the drill - Wear Red if you’re “Taken”, Orange or Yellow if you fit into the “Try Me” category and Green if it’s “Your Place or Mine?”

On Sunday sees the Lads and Lassies Tractor Run roll out around midday for a nice spin over Mount Leinster. A large crowd is expected for a fun-packed weekend with many tractor enthusiasts showcasing a variety of pre-1990 tractors of differing ages – Massey’s, Ford’s, Nuffield’s, John Deere’s, many of which are restored back to their original condition and are a credit to their owners. Cars, trucks, vans and push bikes are all welcome.

At 4.30pm on Sunday there will be a barbeque (with a roasted pig) , music and lots of entertainment in the Step House Hotel . So, mark your diary, get your sponsorship card organised and join all the other Tractor Nuts and Nutettes for what promises to be one of the best years ever. For further information on the Tractor Run, maps and sponsorship cards contact Brian on (086) 2595281 or Denis on (059) 9773551 or check out the website www.tractornuts.com