Packed programme for Working Weekend

A demonstration of ploughing with Clydesdale horses at last years Vinatge Working Weekend. (Picture by Susann Brown)
A demonstration of ploughing with Clydesdale horses at last years Vinatge Working Weekend. (Picture by Susann Brown)
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THE Ninth Annual BA Vintage Working Weekend will take place on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday May 20 at the Lyne of Skene and promises to be a weekend packed with things to see and do for all the family.

As always it will be one of the biggest Vintage Vehicle events in the North East of Scotland, featuring over 400 new and vintage tractors, with many of them taking part in a road run. It also gives owners the chance to display their restored vehicles to the public.

The event aims to bring an insight into agricultural activities from the past to the present.

There will be a tractor pulling super sledge demonstration, a magnificent steam engine ploughing demonstration, a past reminder of ploughing with Clydesdale horses, and the Rhynie Wifies in partnership with the Gordon Woodworkers will take visitors back to the bronze age, using an ancient plough called an Ard. The Rhynie Wifies will also attempt to cast a bronze axehead (weather permitting), and encourage vistors to try their hand at the ancient skill of wattle fencing.

There will be a wide range of stationary engines on display, along with a steam driven threshing mill and saw bench.

Family entertainment includes a Military Encampment, remote controlled boats on the pond, display of model planes, farmyard, rides on the BA Express Train, local young musicians, bouncy castles, carnival ride, amongst many other attractions. Kintore Pipe Band will also be performing on the Sunday. Children can hunt for buried treasure, pan for gold, drive mini diggers and much more. There will be a variety of craft and trade stands, and refreshments.

This year’s chosen charity who will benefit from the event is Marie Curie Cancer Care who are this year celebrating their 60th birthday. The Marie Curie Nursing Service provide a vital role in the North east, caring for cancer patients in their own homes. Other local charities will also receive funds.

The event is spread over 32 acres, so wear appropriate footwear, there will be transport is provided to get you round the fields. The gates will open at 9.30am and entertainment starts at 11am.