Thursday, 10 November 2016

The Christmas Tractors 2016 - Bigger! Better! Brighter!

Credit: Patrick Lyons Photography 
For most people Christmas begins when Costa release their Christmas menu, or when John Lewis tries to make everyone cry but for me, Christmas begins with the Christmas tractors of Carrick On Suir and when I woke up this morning to see they had set a date for this year, well...well what can I say?!?!
Now I don't know how long this new and improved love for Christmas Lynda will last considering I work in what can only be described as Winter Wonderland but as of now thanks to Stuart John Downie and the fellow tractor boys I cannot wait for this year.

For those of you who may not know what happens here in the little town of Carrick On Suir every year then you're missing out big time, but incase you don't they are a parade of tractors which go through the town in December each year, but these aren't normal tractors, No! These are the most done up, extravagant, Christmassy tractors known to man, and it's unreal. Last year we even had the little 'Fear The Deer' himself Michael Hayden as a guest and it's one of the biggest events in the town bringing everyone together and making the town stand in pride. 

Last year founder Stuart John Downie told me:
”I came up with the idea from friends telling me that they went to see the Coca Cola truck and were queueing for ages to see it. I figured why not deck out the tractor for the laugh and trundle down the Main street. I roped in a few of my friends and the whole thing took off.We had people from as far away as Athy and Limerick looking to bring tractors down and join in.
We funded the entire event ourselves, we each spent over 100 euro and we all took our tractors away from work by 1 pm that day. The local traders and COSBA(Carrick On Suir Business Association)  were a huge help for us. Glanbia in Carrick Beg gave us the use of their grain store for the evening to decorate the tractors away from the damp weather and prying eyes and COSBA funded the insurance of the car park. The gardai then jumped on board and we were up and running”

And that was that, the Christmas Tractors are back on the 10th of December and I am buzzing!! To find out more head over to the facebook page.
Looking forward to seeing you all there :)

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