Full steam ahead for Dunbell rally

IT’S full steam ahead as the final preparations are made for the 20th annual Dunbell rally which takes place this weekend.

IT’S full steam ahead as the final preparations are made for the 20th annual Dunbell rally which takes place this weekend.

The Bill Byrne memorial vintage road run with vintage tractors and cars departs from Connollys pub at 4pm. The vehicles will travel along the country roads around Bennettsbridge, Gowran and Clara before returning to Dunbell Cross.

The evening’s entertainments will include live music in Connollys pub by Midnight Blues and live music on the cross by The Singing Trucker. There will be fun and games on the crossroads with many activities planned including a Top Gear Challenge, Tractor pulling, Spin the John Deere Wheel contest, BBQ and raffle. Admission is free on the night.

On Sunday 7 there will be a full working steam and vintage rally including steam threshing, steam road making, working tractors, cars, bikes and engines. Other attractions will include the fourth annual South East Model Club show hosting the Top Gear Challenge, with a vast array of agricultural and commercial models on display.

This year there will be steam driven transport to shuttle people around the show grounds. There are events planned for the main ring during the day including pre 1930’s tractor races and there will also be a separate ring for exhibitors and public alike to compete in the race against the clock tractor event, with the winner receiving a cup.

There will be a dog show, craft display, kids art competition, butter making, a TV for the big game, refreshments and kiddies entertainments. There will be awards presented to the best exhibit in each category, so take out the polish and brasso and make your way to Dunbell next weekend. Subscription is €5 and children are free.