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Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair

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Tractorfest 2014 is here! This year’s event was bigger and better than 2013 AND drier!

Unfortunately we will not be able to hold this event in the village as before due to restrictions on the usage of the Millennium Field, which is a great shame, as being in the centre of the village it created a real community feeling with village volunteers being able to just pop in and assist in preparation and running the event.

We are pleased to say that we have sponsorship from Ashford Borough Council courtesy of Borough Councillor Neil Bell, Kent County Council courtesy of Cllr Mike Hill and from Biddenden Parish Council Recycling Fund.

However, due to the amazing generosity of local farmer Michael Palmer, we have been offered the use of 20 acres of his pasture in Sissinghurst Road which is about a mile from the village centre. We are very happy to accept this welcome gesture and it will enable us to extend the range of attractions to include some demonstrations of machinery actually in use in the cultivating and reseeding of a redundant area of the field.

We will have as before an arena with a variety of displays from dog agility to shepherding of ducks with sheepdogs in which children can participate as obstacles for the herding of the birds. Tractors and horticultural machinery will be paraded and there will be a “birthday” party for the Weekes Dungey tractor which is 100 years old this year and probably the smallest farm tractor at the show. Compare it to some of the monsters of the modern age which can be seen here too.

Tractorfest 2014 – Biddenden Tractor Show and Country Fair

It is our intention to extend the range of traditional style attractions – coconut shire, slippery pole and “knock the lady out of bed” to include bale tossing, wellie throwing, horseshoe tossing and others yet to be decided, any suggestions welcome. You will also be able to have a go at archery.

Although situated a little way out of the village centre, we are able to offer a bus service to enable villagers to access the event easily and return at the end of their visit. Or you can book a USA “cop car” to “arrest” you locally and “release” you at the site with the option to transport you home after the evening event.

For those wishing to stay on site, camping facilities will be provided as before including evening entertainment on the Saturday night when we have a local barn dance band in attendance in the main marquee (ticket price for this will include a supper) , this marquee will incidentally double as the centrepiece for the food area during the day with views over the arena and pond. Stalls will also provide a range  of goods and services from local companies and there will be the opportunity to have your face painted with the Tractorfest logo or any other design of your choosing. Fun fair rides will also be available in the main area. Look out for the adverts appearing in our programme later.

There will be ample car parking.

We are once again keen to encourage support from the village either in terms of  assistance on the days or participation on the committee before the event, or indeed sponsorship in return for banner display at the event, mention on the website or in the programme.