So Chipping Steam Fair 2013 has been and gone and most of the vehicles, marquees and general Steam Fair paraphernalia has been packed up or put away.
Even now some of the steam engines will still be making their slow road journey home.
Some of them travel hundreds of miles and dedicate a couple of weeks every May to getting to and from this ever popular event. As the show approaches committee members start getting a little nervous, they never know if the weather will be favourable, the months of precision planning will pay off or any visitors will turn up.
They needn’t have worried as it’s been another fantastic year, has surpassed all previous expectations and broken all attendance and exhibitor records.
The post show feedback has all been positive., with one person praising “friendly stewards, well organised, fantastic catering, beautiful weather, good selection of stalls, none stop arena entertainment, pleasant atmosphere, stunning scenery, something for everyone, great live music, nice bunch of people, hundreds of classic exhibits, all for a good cause”.
The general consensus is that it’s been a very worth while experience for all and something organisers are proud of.
The show began 15 years ago on a pub car park in Chipping and has evolved into a major event.
Behind the scenes there is a team of volunteers who work year round to make each Chipping Steam Fair a success.
All proceeds are allocated to local charities which the committee deem most deserving.
Over the years the show has been proud to have supported many fantastic causes, all doing their bit to help make their community a better and brighter place.
Show founder, Mary Harrison, said of this years show: “It was beyond our wildest dreams, the weather, the entertainment, the help of all the local volunteers, it was all just marvellous.
“I must say thank you to everyone who helped and that we couldn’t have done without the local support and the wonderful stewards who are all busy young people and worked so hard to make it such a tremendous success.”
Trophy Winners: Best in Show - The Gibbon Bridge Trophy went to John Cowell from Longridge, for his 1937 McCormic - Deering Farmall 120.
Best Commercial Vehicle - Bretherton’s Gold Line Tours Cup went to Mr. J. Fearn from Buxton, Derbyshire, for his 1961 Leyland Comet Tipper.
Best Grey Ferguson Tractor - Bob Kitching Memorial Cup went to L. A. Harrison from Chipping, for his 1948 Ferguson TEA.
Most deserving in show - President’s Cup went to Mary Harrison, Chipping Steam Fair Founder and Show Secretary.
Best Tractor in show - R.S. Marjinson, Tractor Challenge Trophy went to Andrew Kellett from Pilling, for his 1965 David Brown 770 Selectamatic.
Best unrestored Tractor - Pre 1970 - went to Mr. P. Snowdon for his 1950 Kramer Tractor KL12.
Best unrestored Tractor - Post 1970 - went to Tom Wallbank from Slaidburn, for his 1985 Massey Ferguson 698T.