The Christmas Tractors Parade of Lights is set to take place in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary this Saturday, December 22nd.
This is the first ever year that this event will take place and all funds raised will go to help Embrace Farm, a support network for families who have been affected by farm accidents. The event is a joint initiative by the Ballycommon Sponsored ride and the team of North Tipperary contractors, ‘Fifty Shades of Hay’. There are thirty tractors and machines taking part in the parade.
“It’s the first one we ever done.” Albert Purcell, one of the organisers, told That’sFarming.
“We are doing it with the North Tipperary contractors.”
The Ballycommon Sponsored Ride is charitable cross-country horse ride started in 2011.
“It is done under the umbrella of the Ballycommon Sponsored ride, we are going since 2011…We do it for five local charities every year” Albert explained.
“To date, we are raising an average of around €70,000 per.” He added.
The team behind the Ballycommon Sponsored Ride decided to branch out their charitable efforts, which subsequently led to the organising of the Christmas Tractor Parade of lights in Nenagh town.
“The tractor lights is another branch to our tree.” Albert noted.
Embrace Farm was chosen in honour of Brendan Kelly, a man who lost his life in a tragic farm accident a number of years ago and a close friend to Albert and many of the other organisers.
“A great friend of mine, Brendan Kelly, was killed in 2011. He was a contractor and his partner is very involved with Embrace Farm, so it was logical to do it for Embrace.” Albert said to That’sFarming’s Kevin.
“It’s just fantastic what Embrace farm are doing for the community.”
The journey will kick off at 5pm from the mart in Nenagh, before traveling through Kenyon street, Pearse street and up to Kickham street, where the parade will then turn around and make their way back to the mart for approximately 7:30pm. Santy will also join the parade on the day.
“We have a sleigh there for him, pulled by a lawnmower, with five reindeers (lawnmowers).” Organiser Albert Purcell told That’sFarming.com.
The day of entertainment kicks off at 2pm on the day with Musical Entertainment on the streets for the Tune for life Orchestra.
This will be followed by a choir, “Fifty shades of Grey”, who will sing some Christmas classics for attendees. The man himself, Santa Claus, will also make an appearance on the day, joined by his wife, Mrs Claus, while people can also come and meet some of their favourite Disney characters. There will be sixteen Disney characters in total at the event!
“From 2 to half 5 there is music with local artists and a choir. There will also be Disney characters there.” Albert said.
“Santy will go missing on the day too.”
The Parade of tractors and machinery kicks off at 5pm, but there will also be a Santa-related surprise in store at 5:30, so keep the eyes peeled. There will also be a Pedal Tractor parade for children to showcase their best miniature alternative machines.
“It has been unbelievable, the generosity,” Albert said.
As mentioned, the event is all in aid of Embrace Farm and there will be bucket collectors on the day and a raffle in a bid to raise as much funds as possible. Tickets for the raffle are priced at €2 each or three for €5. One of the prizes up for raffle is a load of timber, which will be raffled off during the day.
“We will be bucket collecting on the day.” Said Albert.
The main prize of the event, which will be raffled off later in the night, was kindly donated by Abbey Retail. The best-displayed vehicle on the night will receive a trip for two to France, to none other than the Massey Ferguson factory.
“Abbey Machinery (retail) came on board and they have given a prize for the best turned out float/displayed vehicle.” Albert stated.
“They get a trip for France for Two over to the Massey Ferguson factory for two days.”
For all of those with a Christmassy sweet-tooth, there will also be an abundance of food stalls dotting the streets of Nenagh. Other than a fun-filled day, the other guarantee for the event on Saturday is that there will be snow on the streets of Nenagh. To find out how it will snow, you will have to head on down to Nenagh to find out.
“It is guaranteed to snow as well during the parade.” Albert said.
“I’m even excited about it,” Albert laughed.
Get further information on the event here.