Not Just ‘Any Old Iron’ Man

Not Just ‘Any Old Iron’ Man

Designer, Iron Man challenger and tractor enthusiast, Andy Stewart, is at Tractorfest this year selling items from his own private collection in advance of heading off to Italy in September for his next Iron Man challenge.

He’ll be bringing all sorts of second hand original parts to fit TE20’s, FE35 and MF135 models. Wheels, tin work, Diesel Engine blocks (AD3 152) T-bars, Lift Arms, seats, Original Butler lights, tool boxes, Ferguson jacks, stabiliser bars, pick up hooks, 9 hole draw bars, Roll bar, draw bar assemblies, swinging draw bar, Ferguson spring cultivator, Ferguson top links, weight frame, PTO pulley and some other interesting agricultural items. Phew.

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Alpacas at Tractorfest

Who is bringing Pepe, Louigi, Romeo and Maximilian to Tractorfest?Alpacas at Tractorfest

Kenward Trust is a charity in Yalding that has been saving lives for fifty years!

The Trust helps people transform their lives from the misery of addiction, homelessness and crime by offering those in need the chance to change their lives and reach their full potential. They do this by addressing substance misuse and homelessness issues in their primary residential rehabilitation and recovery services across Kent and East Sussex, bringing hope, help and support for both men and women.

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Busking at Tractorfest

Busking at Tractorfest

As anyone who’s been to Tractorfest will attest, the Country Fair is not just about the spectacular machines. No, it’s also about the tractor rides, numerous other arena displays like dog shows, falconry, the shires at work, the craft stalls, the children’s entertainment, enticing local artisan food and drink and, of course, the music.

This August, together with local favourites Headcorn Ukulele Band and the girl rock choir The Tuesdays, we welcome musician/songwriter David Archer, who will be busking for Cancer Research UK.

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Beekeeping at Tractorfest

Weald of Kent Beekeepers at TractorfestBack at Tractorfest this year is the Weald Beekeepers organisation (part of Kent Beekeepers) who exist to support all those in the Weald of Kent who are interested in beekeeping. Some of their members are commercial beekeepers, others have just one or two hives. Speaking to one such member, Alex, a busy businesswoman, she says of it, “I keep 3 or 4 hives depending on the year and each hive has up to 50,000 bees when it’s at full strength. There are three main reasons I keep bees….

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Collecting, restoring and showing what the rest of us have usually dumped behind the garden shed

Horticultural Machinery at Biddenden TractorfestThe Vintage Horticultural Garden Machinery Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has a large and well-supported membership throughout the UK. It is a national organisation formed to promote an active interest in the preservation, exhibiting and operation of vintage equipment used in horticulture and home gardening.

The VHGMC is well placed to be the place for vintage horticultural machinery in the UK.Run by a talented group of country-wide volunteers and with several hundred paying members throughout the UK there is a keen and growing interest in horticultural equipment. (more…)