The Clonoulty Rossmore Light up for Christmas event is set to kick off this coming Saturday, December 15th, the second annual event of its kind.
This year’s event, which is run by the Clonoulty/Rossmore Vintage club, is promised to be bigger and better again than the maiden year, with a full festival lights parade featuring not only tractors and cars but also trucks, all decorated to the ‘nines’ with Christmas lights and ornaments. They will take to the streets of Clonoulty Co. Tipperary, while the best-decorated vehicles are in line to receive some prizes on the day.
"We only did this last year as a completely novel idea." said TJ Donnelly, Chairperson of the Clonoulty/Rossmore vintage club.
"We built our own crib from scratch...Then we decided we would do a bit of a 'Light up'...The next thing it just escalated from there...I think we ended up with 66/67 vehicles on the night (last year). We were delighted." TJ added.
TJ said they event was only first started, as a way to give something back to the local community.
"We only started it really to give something back to the people in the parish." TJ said.
For the truck enthusiasts and those attending, there will be trophies given out on the night for the best truck in each of these categories: Best Unit, Best Lights, Best rigid, Best Fleet, and Best Custom lorry.
“If you think your tractor, car or truck has the stuff to win, why not enter it in.” urged organisers.
There will not only entertainment for the machinery fanatics on the day, but for all of the family. The annual event will also play host to the previously mentioned live crib, while there will also be a Christmas Market and Crafts show on site over the course of the weekend. The live crib entertainment, the most popular activity of last year's event, is set to commence from 6pm on the Saturday, with calves, sheep, a donkey and the full live nativity scene.
"The Live Crib will be from 6 to 9pm...It will be a full nativity." TJ Donnelly, Chairperson of the Clonoulty/Rossmore vintage committee explained.
"We have a donkey, calves and sheep, all live animals with real people. There will be wise men, shepherds, Mary and Joseph and the whole lot...It was very good last year and that's why we are doing it again this year because we got some amount of people asking would we put it on again" he said.
There will also be plenty of food and drink on the day and “something to entertain all ages.” There will, of course, be some musical entertainment on Saturday night, December 15th, while the festivities are also set to continue into Sunday morning, with attendees welcome to come back to the village and take part in more Christmas related activities.
"We have a bit of music and some Carol singing and all of that going ahead." TJ told That'sFarming.
"We have a local Christmas Craft show on the Saturday and Sunday as well." he added.
Last year’s event was run in aid of the Playground fund in Clonoulty, with the event raising €4,365 in total and helping clear the majority of the Playgrounds debt.
"Last year we did it for the local playground group in the village. This year we are going to give it to local charities within the village." said Chairperson of the Vintage Committee, TJ Donnelly to That'sFarming.
"After the event, we will sit down and decide where the money will go. There are a couple of clubs in the village and we will support the likes of them as well." he added.
Entry on the day is €10 for all of those attending, with attendees receiving mulled wine and mince pies upon entry on Saturday and a full breakfast on Sunday, December 16th, as part of the entry fee. Keep updated on the event, via the official Facebook events page here.
"People pay on the gate going in. It is €10 and you will get mulled wine and mince pies and all the Christmas festivities when you go in on Saturday night" TJ said.
"On the Sunday morning at 11am, you will get a full breakfast, all included in the ten euros," he added.
TJ said all are welcome to attend and urged people to show their support this coming Christmas."
"I would encourage anyone that didn't see the crib last year to come down." he said.
Check out the video of last year’s event below, courtesy of TATIANA Slattery IRELAND!