Newark Showground celebrates record attendance at this year’s Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 2019 Report by Elizabeth Hall, Show manager

Event organisers at Newark Showground have announced record numbers at this year’s Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show, which took place on 9th and 10th November 2019. Now in its 17th year, the show saw over 1,100 exhibition entries and welcomed thousands of visitors through its doors, making it the biggest show since 2014.

The two-day event brought together vintage vehicle enthusiasts and hobbyists to see hundreds of vintage tractors, commercial vehicles, military and stationary engines from across the UK and Europe. Among the exhibition were displays from popular groups such as Friends of Ferguson, Ford and Fordson Association, Blue Force, International Club, Nuffield and Landrover.

Show highlights included a celebration of vintage models of iconic names David Brown (pre-1976), International Harvester and Case in the feature marquee, the display of remote-controlled diggers by Lincolnshire RC Truckers Club, vintage tractor and trailer rides around the showground, a busy and well attended Calf Show, and a poignant Service of Remembrance which welcomed a congregation of more than 500 people.

The vintage vehicle entries proved more popular than ever, with the furthest exhibitor travelling an impressive 423 miles to the show from Aberdeenshire. The winning entries were celebrated in a jam-packed awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

The show succeeded despite facing some of the worst weather in its history in the run-up to the event, with heavy and persistent rainfall causing havoc in the agricultural community, and floods preventing some exhibitors and visitors attending.

Show Manager, Elizabeth Halsall commented:

“Despite the horrendous weather conditions leading up to show, we’ve been delighted with the turnout of exhibitors, traders and visitors. Thankfully the weather was kind to us for the weekend. The show’s success is a testimony to the strength and resilience of the agricultural community in the UK, and the passion and dedication of our vintage vehicle enthusiasts.

It’s been a fantastic celebration of farming and agriculture’s rich heritage of

tractors, machinery and commercial vehicles. We’d like to thank everyone for coming along and contributing to our biggest show for many years.”

The event organisers are receiving positive reviews from visitors who have described the event as “a very well run show.” A visitor from Yorkshire commented, "it's been worth coming just to see the remote control diggers!"

For more information about the Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show, and to see the full list of winning vehicle entries, visit the link at the top of the page.



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