Balscadden Tractor Run gears up for 10th anniversary

May 20, 2018 0

The Balscadden Tractor Run celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday 27 May, with another bumper day of festivities planned for the annual field day.  Last year, 126 tractors took part in the event, which is dedicated to raising funds for local causes.  Another big turnout is anticipated, and there’s lots on offer for all ages, including live music, pony rides, a cake sale, face painting, BBQ, market stalls, bouncy castles, a penalty kick competition, Irish dancing and more.

All monies raised will go towards Down Syndrome Ireland, the Blood Bikes, the Royal National Life Boat Institution (RNLI) Skerries branch, Balscadden National School Interactive Board, Balscadden FC and Balscadden Community Council.

“Our parish church needed decorating and repairs,” said Mary English, a member of the organising committee when reflecting on how the Tractor Run first started a decade ago.

balscadden_tractor_run_29may16“Some local community spirit was conjured up and a dynamic group came together to help raise funds to decorate St Mary’s church.

“Peter ‘Boss’ Casey suggested a Tractor Run and we set the date for the last Sunday in May. Since then we have raised funds for Balscadden National school, Balscadden Community Hall, Balscadden FC, Balscadden senior citizens Christmas Party, The Herring Group, Molly McNally and Adam Dunne funds.”

Tractors assemble in the village at 11am, to depart at 11.45am, after which the festivities begin. This year three Memorial Perpetual trophies will be awarded in honour of Peter Casey, Nick Halligan and Gary Martin.

There is free parking and free admission on the day, and all are welcome to help celebrate a landmark year for this always enjoyable event.

For photos of previous tractor runs click here and for this and more upcoming events click here
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