Twelve years on since it first burst onto the local scene, Streete Vintage Day is set to make its eagerly awaited annual return.
And judging by the vast itinerary of events and festivities on offer, this year’s showcase promises to be the most memorable to date.
It all gets underway this Sunday (July 14) at the Co Westmeath village’s purpose built sports complex in what organisers hope will attract a large and excitable crowd.
In a bid to realise that aim, committee members assigned to Streete’s Parish Park Vintage Committee have laid on plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family.
But it’s typically more time-honoured attractions that will undoubtedly take centre stage. Vintage displays are expected to include steam engines, cars, tractors, stationary engines, commercials as well as demonstrations by umpteen exhibitors throughout the day.
Given the event’s long standing success, it’s perhaps not surprising committee members have seen a large influx of vintage cars and other classical modes of transport on a pre-booking basis.
To add to this, a former county council steam engine, owned and restored by Kilbeggan man Peter Wrafter, will be on show alongside countless demonstrations by exhibitors throughout the day.
Included in this is live entertainment throughout the course of the day, courtesy of an outdoor bandstand. Those looking to take part will be keen to note that no admission charge will be asked of vintage exhibitors with no post 1988 vehicles being admitted. They must instead, be stationed in a specially designated car park area with a special section being reserved for pre-1935 cars.
Besides the wide array of inveterate exhibits, organisers have lined up a return visit from Mick Leek and his wife to demonstrate their wonderful model railway, an attraction that has gone down especially well in previous years. Martin Bolger, from Kingscourt will likewise be on hand to show off one of the largest displays of model cars, tractors and other forms of transport memorabilia in Ireland.
Making a canny purchase or two is another important facet of the day. Alex Small is likely to lead this charge with a large selection of auto jumble in tow.
As with most show days of this kind, it would be perhaps imprudent not to include all things canine. Starting at 3pm, that approach will be illustrated with a dog show when the winner in the “Any variety of foreign breed” class will receive the Joe and Mary Stell Perpetual Plaque, presented by their daughter Regina Scally.
First prize for any variety of gun dog, meanwhile, will receive the R. O. R. Granard Perpetual Trophy. Arguably the event’s most prestigious honour, The Streete Wildlife Perpetual Trophy, is a token set aside for the champion of the show and the entrant considered to be the best of the first prize winners. There will be eight classes and entry to each class is €3. This year the prizes are supplied and sponsored by Oliver Kelleher (Castlebar), the owner of a large catering suppliers business in Castlebar and originally from Bornacoola in Co Leitrim.
Before all that, the weekend gets underway on Saturday afternoon with a memorial charity tractor run in honour of former committee member Philip Moran.
Following on from its successful launch last year, the tractor run makes its long awaited return starting at 4pm from Parish Park, travelling through Legan, Edgeworthstown before returning to Streete where a BBQ will welcome those taking part home.
Members of the public can also avail of the refreshements on offer at a knockdown price of just €5 with all food being prepared and cooked by John Rogan of Rogan’s Smokehouse.
Entry to the Park on the day will be €10, the same as in previous years and youth will be free of charge.
Once that has started to die down, the park will play host to an auction where a limited number of donated prizes will be up for grabs.
Like the tractor run, all monies will go to the event’s three chosen charities - AWARE, the Irish Heart Foundation, and to Valerie Moran, Centre for Independent Living (CIL). Entry fee to the run is a voluntary donation which will be collected at registration.
Anyone wishing to leave their tractor overnight can do so with overnight security provided. If you are one of those not intent on taking part in the run itself, but can turn your hand at music, you are being invited to bring an instrument along and join in the fun on Saturday evening.
Either way, the weekend promises much and something for all the family to enjoy.For further information and queries ahead of this weekend, contact 086 2596656, 086 8433355 or 086 8301347.