One of our favourite annual projects is Tractor Fest, held at Newby Hall, Ripon over a full weekend in June.

Our role is to work with Newby and the organisers of Tractor Fest, the Yorkshire Vintage Association, to promote the show to visitors, especially families.

Our work includes pulling out interesting stories ahead of Tractor Fest to showcase what visitors can expect on the day as well as organising media interviews and photography.

We also liaise with local radio broadcasters on ticket competitions to also promote the show as widely as possible.

This year saw a record-breaking number of enthusiasts and families enjoying the sights and sounds of Tractor Fest which has grown to become the largest tractor festival in the UK.

Now in its 18th year, the show attracted 15,000 visitors over the two days with more than 1,600 vintage and modern tractors on display and 1,000 other exhibits including the largest ever display of stationary engines.

Major themes and displays this year included orange tractors, European vehicles and the marking of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw the Ripon Community Poppy Project’s life-sized knitted tank taking pride of place in Newby’s grounds.

YVA chair Kevin Watson said: “This year was our biggest celebration of agricultural machinery with more than 2,500 exhibits on display in 120 acres of Newby’s beautiful parkland.

“Enthusiasts and tractor lovers from across the UK and the world travel to the show which proves year on year to be a fantastic family weekend.”

Tractor Fest is sponsored by Europe’s leading agricultural and machinery auctioneer Cheffins, The National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club (NVTEC) and Econ Engineering. The show is also supported by Ripon Farm Services.


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