Get in gear for charity harvest day and huge display of Fords

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Liam Burke's terrific photo of Massey Fergusons at last year's charity harvest day in Meanus. This Sunday it is the Ford emblem. Picture: Press 22
IT WAS going to be hard to beat the fantastic collection of Massey Fergusons, pictured, at last year’s harvest day but Greybridge Classic Club have done it.

IT WAS going to be hard to beat the fantastic collection of Massey Fergusons, pictured, at last year’s harvest day but Greybridge Classic Club have done it.

This Sunday, August 11 in Meanus they have organised a “truly blue gathering” to recreate the Ford oval. An aerial photo has been organised like last year.

“So far we have a huge selection of tractors registered including FW60, selection of Counties, Jubilee along with the Silver Jubilee. We also have a great selection of silage harvesters and combines. We will also have the Blue Force and Ford and Fordson clubs in attendance,” they say.

If you would like to get involved with your Ford car, tractor, truck, digger etc you are welcome to register and join in. Registration form is on the web site www.greybridgecc.ie or call Dan 0878128317, John 0858632200, Declan 0872568117.

If Ford blue is not your colour but have other vintage items you are also welcome to make contact about participating.

While Meanus on Sunday will be a Mecca for car and tractor enthusiasts it is a day for all the family. Activities for children include free bouncy castles, lots of games, competitions and a monster charity raffle with fantastic prices.

The event is run entirely on a voluntary basis and raises much needed funds for Greybridge’s selected charities which this year include Cliona’s Foundation, Motor Neuron Research, Children’s Ark and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital. There has been great interest in the car section from the Model T right up to the Granada; rally cars with everything from the MK1 and 2 up to the Escort Cosworth. The Ford Escort Club will also be attending.

“We have a great selection of transit and escort vans from years gone by. The event will include lots of additional activities and vintage displays. There will be a number or rare items along with a fine display of dye cast models and old memorabilia.

“One of the most popular events is the silage cutting display which will see the old take on the new with single chops running alongside the very latest machines. This will be followed by a round bailing display,” they say.

Harvest day opens Sunday, August 11 at noon in Meanus. Adults €5 and children are free.