Welland Steam & Country Rally on 21th - 23rd September.
This three day show should have been held over the last weekend of July but was cancelled as so many others this year due to the weather however as the Ross-on-Why Steam Engine Society own the site they were able to reschedule it to the end of September.
I attended the rally for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Margaret and Derek had the FFA stand there this year and although the rally was a little down on numbers due to the change in date, some entries went to other rallies booked before the cancellation and of course the ploughing match season has now started removing others, but there was still a very creditable line up.
The FFA will hold its 2013 Expo IX at Welland and I have included a few photos of this years rally to give members a flavour of the event. It is a lovely site and is always blessed with an excellent steam section boasting some twenty Showman's engines, many working around the fair ground, also a good selection of Road locomotives and General purpose engines, portables, steam cars, wagons, ploughing engines and rollers. The society has its own working steam crane running on standard gauge track which is used in the working area lifting tree trunks for the rack saw bench.
There is particular emphasis on working areas covering steam ploughing, working tractors, harvesting, road making and threshing. Tractor pulling is quite a feature of the rally with a purpose built stand so one can sit and enjoy the spectacle; just remember to bring your earplugs!
This year saw the launch of "GWR" the Great Welland Railway with a length of track alongside the sale field.
There is a large auction held on the Friday run by H J Pugh, which is a must; just remember not to get too carried away. There is much, much more including a large trade stand area, vintage cars, motor cycles, stationary engines etc. etc., Food Hall and a very good shop, together with excellent security and reasonably priced beer! What more could one wish for?