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16 Oct 2019 Community

Tractor Fest raises £3,000 for patient care

Local farmers, Steven and Barbara Hirstle, of Upper Heaton, pulled their friends and family together to arrange their very first Tractor Fest to support two amazing local causes.

After attending many annual tractor festivals as a young boy, Steven felt that the Kirklees community was missing out on something special, and he was keen to bring an event like this back to Kirklees.

Steven, his wife Barbara along with family and friends formed a committee to get the ball rolling. The group called upon their circle of friends who worked in the farming industry to ask if they would attend with their tractors, and then approached food vans and exhibitors who were all delighted to be a part of the fabulous day.

Steven said: “We also called in our friends Howard Thacker and Margaret Hirstle who support the Mirfield show, so their support was a huge help in organising the event.”

On the glorious morning of Sunday 1st September, the team of volunteers and committee members pulled together to get ready for the gates opening at 10am.

Barbara and Steven said: “This was our first event, we had no idea what to expect.

“We all remember the convoy of tractors arriving from all directions and people pouring through the gates when we opened; it was amazing.

“The interaction between the exhibitors and the public was fantastic. There was a constant queue of children waiting to sit on the combine harvester.”

  

Throughout the day, they saw over 4,000 locals walk through their gates to enjoy a day of family fun!

Barbara said: “We are so overwhelmed with the support from the locals, we couldn’t believe it!”

The committee were thrilled to discover that they had raised an incredible £6,000 to benefit their two chosen charities, Kirkwood Hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Steven said: “We chose Kirkwood as one of our charities as you just never know when you might need them.”

 The Tractor Fest committee presenting Kirkwood Hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a cheque for £3,000 each!

 

Barbara added: “The success of the day was due to a passionate hardworking team of people who helped pull a unique event together and of course the public. We were doing this for the community and two very worthy charities!

“The feedback from everyone has been so positive, and we know that our next event will be bigger and better!”

The team are already making plans for next year’s event which is planned in for Saturday 25th July 2020.

Steven and Barbara Hirstle would like to thank everyone who supported them in organising the Tractor Fest, and the volunteers who helped on the day including: Katherine & Allan Crank, Johny, Gillian Wood, Steven’s Son Lewis Hirstle and not forgetting the chief mascot, Martha the dog!

To keep a lookout for more details on their next 2020 event, follow their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/tractorfest19/

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