The Whitecross Vintage Association is seeking to break three world records next month, including one of their own, when hundreds of vintage Ferguson tractors converge on Carrigans.
The Ferguson World Record Rematch is the centrepiece of a weekend of music and fun set for September 16th, 17th and 18th in Carrigans.
Two years ago, the association set a Guinness world record when 726 vintage Fergusons tilled the ground at the same time in Burt.
“A 50-acre field went from a nice gold colour to a brown colour in 10 minutes,” Alan Robb, vintage association vice chairman, said.
They had sought three records two years ago, and this time they are more confident about reaching all three: the most pre-1986 Fergusons working the soil at one time, the biggest parade of Ferguson tractors and the most pre-1986 Ferguson tractors forming the Massey Ferguson logo.
”We weren’t satisfied having one out of three,” Alan said. “This time we’re going for three out of three.”
They are hoping for more than 100 tractors for the parade, more than 500 for the logo and more than 1,000 to till the land.
There is also a lot of record-keeping and paperwork that goes into applying to Guinness for world record status, Derek Long, vintage association chairman, said.
“You just don’t get the world record by saying, ‘I did this,’” he said, adding that the committee is already laying the groundwork to meet the strict Guinness criteria.
Harry Ferguson’s granddaughter and the Harry Ferguson Memorial Band are also to attend the weekend.
There will be vintage cars and tractors on show as well as a craft fair, fashion show, trade stands, art display, chainsaw sculpting, Leinster Anchor Tractor Pulling, a fun fair and music and dancing with Jimmy Buckley on Friday night, Jim Devine on Saturday night and Whistlin Donkeys on Sunday night.
“It’s going to be a family weekend, with different activities over the whole weekend,” Alan said.
The weekend will benefit the Sean O’Hare unit/Ard Greine Court in Stranorlar; Foyle Hospice; Donegal Hospice; Ballytrim House, Raphoe; Alzheimer Society; Motor Neuron Disease Association; the stroke and medical rehab unit in Letterkenny; and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.
Derek said the association aims to raise €70,000 for the charities.
See the Ferguson World Record Rematch 2016 Facebook page and web site for more.
Pictured: With supporters at the launch of the rematch (seated, from left) Eloise Shilliday; committee members Violet Hamilton, Alan Robb, Derek Long, Denise Frazer and Robert Hay; and Marie Aitken. Photo Clive Wasson