15th annual steam rally and county show

Visitors at Earls Barton steam rally
Visitors at Earls Barton steam rally

Thousands attended the 15th annual Earls Barton Rally and Country Show.

The event, held at the Earls Barton Show Ground, took place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

More than 200 classic cars were on display, along with several old motorcycles, 70 tractors, nine full size steam engines and 12 mini steam engine vehicles.

Events included ferret racing, pets corner, a dog show, a vintage auction, real ale stand, live bands, bee keepers, an archive cinema and a Punch and Judy show.

Streams of more than 140 craft and trade stalls also lined the route around the showground selling a wide variety of produce, including plants, jam, cakes and gifts.

A live display of a Viking battle was also staged within the grounds as well as a display by battling Cumberland giants.

A team of 13 dedicated volunteers spend a year preparing for the annual show, which started in 1998 as a local fundraiser.

Pat Conroy, chairman of the organising committee, said: “I think this kind of event is still very popular with people. I think people like to come and see all the old vehicles.

“I hope that we get the balance right because we try to have things to entertain men, women and children.

“When it started it was much smaller – it has grown from small beginnings over the years.”

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Allen Eaton MBE, organiser of the Hollowell steam and heavy horse show, exhibited a few steam rollers at the event.

He said: “They are steam dinosaurs and they appeal to so many different sectors of the public. The older generation who remember them working and the younger generation who have never seen them before.

“There is a still a big demand for them – we can’t fit all the shows in every year.”

Brian Howe, 65, had travelled with his family from Milton Keynes to attend this year’s show. He said: “I think it’s a very good show. We brought our two-year-old grandson. I enjoy seeing all the old vehicles.”

Money raised from the rally raffle will go to Kidney Research.