Monday, July 20, 2009

Mayo North Tractor Club Vintage Fair

Yesterday, we journeyed north to the Vintage Fair outside of Crossmolina. The Vintage Fair consists of antique sellers (I picked up some not-so-antique post cards from the '70's), craftspeople; demonstrations of country skills such as blacksmithing, metalworking, dogs herding, and even poteen making; music; vintage cars and steam engines; you name it.

Blacksmith at work:




Border collie herding ducks:



1955 Morris Oxford:





Metalworker:



1920 butter churn:



Threshing contest:

12 comments:

NONE said...

Very cool and so different from here....maybe.

Ima Wizer said...

oops, I'm "None" when I forget to re-sign in....long story, sorry about that!

Scrumpy said...

I love to see those dogs work, it is amazing.

Roy said...

Well look at that - Morris made a "Woody"! I didn't know that particular design phenomenon had jumped the Big Pond.

I have a friend who considers Border Collies the smartest living beings on the face of the earth, even smarter than Dolphins (which leaves humans at a distant 4th or 5th place, heh, heh).

The first weekend in October every year the Norman Bird Sanctuary has their annual Harvest Fair, which has much of this kind of thing. While they don't have a threshing competition, they do show vintage tractors. There's also a greased pole and a mud pit.

K. said...

Sometimes life is like climbing a greased pole until you fall into a mud pit!

Rastamick61 said...

K- your Odyssey is a treat to behold. My neighbor's sister is a missionary Catholic nun who has been reassigned from Central America to Dublin. We are hoping she has room for 8 at the abbey ! I never saw anything but border collies there, where the hell did they come up with Irish Setters anyway ? Enjoy the old sod my friend, I know I am through your pictures...

K. said...

Rasta: Thanks a lot, man. I really hope you get over here. The feeling of connectedness is profound. I recommend that everyone go to the country of their roots at some time during their life, just for that reason.

John Hayes said...

Great pix-- I especially like that Morris auto & the old butter churn.

Foxessa said...

Working class dogs working -- one of my favorites, along with working class dogs doing agility courses.

Aren't those geese, not ducks? Or a particularly long-necked duck?

Love, c.

K. said...

I thought geese myself, but the handler called them ducks.

Dan said...

That oxford woodie is my grandads old one.... He sold it to an irish guy a couple of years back...my grandad restored it/ modified it a little bit although it was allways a woodie from factory... they are getting very rare now...

K. said...

Hi, Dan--

Thanks for stopping by, and even greater thanks for the personal touch! How in the world did you find this blog entry?