If you spot a flotilla of vintage tractors on the move on the roads of North Yorkshire, don't worry, they are just being put through their paces in the run-up to the UK's biggest vintage tractor show.
Lucky local residents in the area have been enjoying a preview of Tractor Fest at Newby Hall in recent weeks as some of the vintage engines have had a trial run through Ripon and surrounding villages.
Held over the weekend of June 11-12, Tractor Fest is the leading event of its type in the country attracting thousands of visitors each year.
Staged by the Yorkshire Vintage Association, this year’s two day event at Newby Hall, sponsored by agricultural and machinery auctioneers Cheffins, will celebrate all things Yorkshire with a ‘Made in Yorkshire’ theme and expects to attract more than 1,500 exhibits.
the Veteran Car Club of GB is supporting the event for the first time, with a display of veteran cars from the earliest days of motoring.
The popular ‘March of the Tractors’ will once again travel into Ripon market square on Saturday, June 11 only from 5.30pm-7pm where visitors can enjoy the town’s shops, cafes and restaurants and the spectacle of the Ripon Hornblower marking the departure of the tractors at 7pm.
The event prides itself on being very family-friendly with a host of stands and fun activities.
For more information and advance tickets, visit www.newbyhall.co.uk or telephone 01423 322583 and follow @thetractorfest for all the latest updates.