The crowds descended to the streets of Kilkenny city on Sunday, December 16th, for the second annual Christmas Tractor display, organised by the team of Agriheadz.
“We got a massive crowd in the car park before we even left and we got a massive crowd in Ken Black’s afterwards. There was a couple of thousand people easy.” said one of the organisers, Owen Byrne, to That'sFarming.
This year’s event, although postponed from the original December 15th date due to weather concerns, still managed to draw the crowds, with a parade of tractors featuring almost every make and model, departing from Cillín Hill in Kilkenny City.
“We were supposed to go on the Saturday, but we changed to Sunday due to the weather and we got a right crowd on Sunday.” Said Organiser Owen Byrne to That’sFarming.
“It went very well.” He added.
Last year’s event was organised in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Ireland, with the team raising in excess of €3,400. This year’s event was aimed at supporting a range of new charities, such as Samaritans Ireland, The Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s and the Central Remedial Clinic.
“Our three charities this year are all voluntary run.” Organiser Owen Byrne explained to That’sFarming’s Kevin.
“We just said this year we would go with all voluntary run charities. Last year we were overwhelmed by all of the support we got.” He added.
After collecting almost €1,000 prior to the Christmas Tractor display, the team of Agriheadz have exclusively revealed to That’sFarming that they have raised in excess of €4,500 this year.
“One of the group members, Pascal Murphy, dyed his hair already and he has €1,000 collected before we even hit the road.” Owen stated.
Owen said the success of this year’s run is not solely down to organisers, but also attendees and the drivers involved. Owen noted that run would not exist or be anywhere near as successful, were it not for the support given by the events many sponsors and drivers.
“I would like to thank a few of the sponsors…and thanks to every one of the drivers, because it wouldn’t go ahead without them,” said Owen.
“A big thanks to all of them. They come together every year, there is no fighting with anyone or anything, we are like a big family.” He added.
Owen wished to say a big thank you to everyone who made the trip down to Kilkenny for the display and promised to those looking to attend next year’s event, that it will be bigger and better again.
“We have it planned already.” Owen laughed.
Keep up-to-date with next year’s event via the Agriheadz Facebook page here.