Rocking it at Tractorfest in 2019
Anyone who came to Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair last year cannot have missed some of the wonderful performances from the Rockits (formally the known as the Tuesdays) and the Rubies rock and pop Choirs founded and run by Max Wilson. Combining the feel good factor of singing, meeting new friends and doing things never dreamed possible, they rock it to their own original arrangements of uplifting songs past and present.
More Success for Tractorfest
Tractorfest 2017 broke records: 11,500 people visited over the two days, up from about 10,000 the previous year. And the amount raised that year for good causes was £24,500.
This year, in new fields at Woolpack Corner – thank you Andrew Neve – and after months of record breaking heat, we broke even more records with over 17,000 visitors through the gates, more tractor exhibits than any other show and raised a sum of 32k which was donated in December to 33 various clubs, associations, societies, groups, facilities and registered charities, which are, in the main, local.
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.
Who is bringing Pepe, Louigi, Romeo and Maximilian to 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.
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.
Back 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….