The official launch took place on Saturday, 13th June at Jimmy Cotter’s and it was a huge success with a big turnout of machines and Lee trailers.
Many had been restored and were being field tested on the day. The hospitality of the host family set the scene for a wonderful day.
The sun shone and the atmosphere was electric as the smell of the grass whetted the appetite for the big day on Sunday, July 26.
Previously there was a launch for the Lee trailer challenge at Paddy Lee’s premises in Waterford, where the same hospitality was afforded to all.
When Sunday the 26th July came along a cloudy sky looked like it was going to spoil the event, but the hard working committee decided that the show must go ahead for the large crowd that had travelled from the four corners of Ireland. about 7000 attended including exhibitors.
The Double Chop Silage Harvester Challenge at Silage Extravaganza 2015 organised by the Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club near Fethard, Co Tipperary, attracted 62 working machines on the day. They looked magnificent, all lined up to begin their task.
So whether you were a silage enthusiast or not there was a good atmosphere out on the Farm of Joe Trehy and his family, where a good day was enjoyed by the machinery enthusiasts and it also proved to be a good family day out in the Irish countryside near to Moyglass.
The idea to run the silage extravaganza was hatched a few years ago when Kieran O’Donoghue and Jimmy Cotter met with Seamus Barry and Pat O’Loughnane, members of the club, to discuss running a record challenge for the greatest number of silage harvesters operating on one site.
Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club appealed as it is situated in a central location and just 10k from the motorway. Joe Trehy, a local farmer, offered his facilities for a trial run last July and it was so successful that a second cutting took place in September.
The success of the trial runs paved the way for the Silage Extravaganza, which was held on Sunday, July 26, 2015. It turned out to be the biggest working event in Ireland this year.
The charity to benefit was the South Tipperary Hospice, a most worthy cause.
Two of the main features are the double chop record challenge and the Lee trailer challenge, all other vintage machinery and implements were a welcome bonus.
Over 100 harvesters, double chop, single chop, precision chops, wagons and self-propelled, from all over Ireland and the UK, entered and where cutting on the day.
Lady entrants added to the flavour of the event and their participation was welcomed by the committee.
There was also a static show of vintage cars, vintage tractors, oil engines and implements etc.
Another interesting feature for the public was the old fashioned threshing on site and a big screen to watch the Hurling proved very successful as well. The organizers were very pleased that the family day out with trade stands, auto jumblers, butter making etc. and working blacksmith all where big attractions on the site.
The children were well catered for with bouncy castles, swinging boats, train rides, amusement arcades, vintage train, ice cream vans and shop etc. Food was on hand throughout the day. With lots of attractions and ample and convenient parking made it the complete day out.