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On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July, Masham will once again be alive with steam, with impressive steam engines and historic farming and industrial vehicles rolling into the “Gateway to Wensleydale” in a scene repeated annually since 1965.
This year’s event will see 45 full-size steam engines and around 800 other exhibits including fairground organs, enchanting miniature engines and over 150 tractors arrive from all over Britain. They will assemble at Marfield on the A6108 (Leyburn Road) on the North side of Masham for the two-day celebration.
But this is not just an event for the enthusiast. The Rally celebrates the history of Yorkshire’s farming community and all its rural activities, linked to the steam engines used in farming and haulage which provided Masham with communication and industry for over a century. From logcutting to haybaling to milking machinery, the Rally hosts beautifully maintained machines that older folk will remember from their childhoods and younger people will find of great historical interest.
The weekend will be filled with entertainment – in the ring and around the fields – for families, enthusiasts and anyone looking for a unique event to be part of.
Since 1965, the Masham Steam Engine Rally has been a highlight of the Dales year, and an invaluable fundraiser for Masham’s handsome Town Hall, which would long since have closed without Rally support. Profits from recent rallies have funded a major redecoration of the town hall foyer and stairs, renewing the external stairs, sealing the main hall floor, overhauling the storage shed and replacing the burner on the main boiler – essential work made beautiful, like the working engines, vehicles and machines celebrated at the Rally.
The fact that this event has been carried on for half a century bears testament to the hard work and determination of the dozens of volunteers, young and old, who return annually to produce a colourful and vibrant event.
The event takes place at Marfield Fields on A6108 at Masham (G+HG4 4PB for the SatNav), and begins at 9.30am each day.
Adult entrance is £10, concessions £8, children just £2 and under-5s free.
|Tickets||Adults £10, concessions £8,, under-16s £2, under-5s free|