Threshing and tractor pulling at Ingworth Trosh country show
09:00 10 September 2015
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Tractor pulling promises to be the star attraction at a charity country show featuring agricultural vehicles old and new.
The Ingworth Trosh, in its 11th year, is taking place off High Noon Road, Erpingham (off the A140), on Sunday September 20 between 1-5pm.
Money raised will go towards the running costs of St Mary the Virgin Church in Erpingham, St Lawrence Church in Ingworth and St Ethelbert’s Church in Alby.
The show attracts between 1,500 and 2,000 people and aims to raise £5,000-£6,000 each year.
It is the first time it will feature tractor pulling - popular in America and Holland.
The attraction used to be a regular event at the Royal Norfolk Show but stopped a few years ago.
It involves old tractors, which have been modified with lorry engines, pulling heavy weights, up to 100 tonnes, in a straight line.
The Ingworth Trosh demonstration will be performed by members of the national Peak Vale Tractor Pulling Club and will feature 12 tractors.
One of the drivers taking part is Lewis Hicks, 32, a farm worker from The Green in Aldborough.
He will be driving a vehicle based on a 1950s Nuffield tractor which took two years to build.
Mr Hicks, who works at J H Neill and Sons based at Hall Farm, Thurgaton, said: “Tractor pulling draws in a crowd because there is a lot of smoke, noise and dust.”
Farm contractor and one of the organisers Alan Witham, whose father started the Ingworth Trosh as a way to celebrate the threshing tradition with his friends, described the whole event as popular.
Threshing - the separation of grain from straw - has been done by Mr Witham’s family in Erpingham since the 1830s.
It will be one of the main features of the Ingworth Trosh and be demonstrated by two static machines. Nowadays mobile combine harvesters do the job.
Mr Witham, 54, from The Old Forge in Erpingham, said: “It fascinates people to see how threshing was done years ago. The Ingworth Trosh is a family day. It is nice to have a walk around to see the machines. We should have a bit of fun with the tractor pulling.”
Tickets cost £5 for children 12 and over. Entrance is free for children under 12, as is car parking.
Call Mr Witham on 01263 761156 if you would like to exhibit an agricultural vehicle.