Aden hosts events with Scottish flavour

Aden Country Park will have two major events on offer this Sunday.
Aden Country Park will have two major events on offer this Sunday.

Aden Country Park will this weekend host an exciting range of Scottish flavoured events and activities at the Homecoming Fair and Vintage Tractor Working Day.

The events are taking place this Sunday from 11am to 4pm and celebrate the best of Aberdeenshire culture, heritage, produce and farming traditions unique to the area

The Aden Homecoming Fair will be held in both the Aden courtyard area and within the award-winning Aberdeenshire Farming Museum.

Activities will include a selection of traditional music and performance, craft demonstrations, family history, rural life photographic exhibition, farmers market, rare breed animals and access to the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum and Hareshowe Farm, along with a range of heritage-related displays and stalls.

The fair will also cover activities that illustrate what life was like for country people in the past and how it has shaped the local countryside of today.

The Vintage Tractor Day activities will be held beside Hareshowe Farm, in Aden Country Park, and will offer a rare chance to see a splendid variety of vintage tractors ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s including Massey Ferguson, John Deer, International, Ford, David Brown, Fordson, Ferguson, Leyland, Nuffield, McCormack, Gunsmith, Field Marshall, Ursus, Lister, Case, Zetor and many more.

The tractors will both display and demonstrate how ploughing, harrowing, cultivating, ridging, seeding, rolling, scarifying and shimming were carried out. Weather permitting, it is also hoped to demonstrate one of the major tasks of the Buchan farmer’s year - threshing.

Other activities include a bouncy castle, face painting, children’s activities, vintage steam roller, craft demonstration, and a chance to visit the Aden Craft and Gift Shop and newly-refurbished Aden Café, which is now being managed by local business partnership, Joanna and Noel Gall, of The Lodge, Strichen.

Jack Grant, landscape officer, said: “Whatever your interest, the Vintage Tractor Working Day and Aden Homecoming Fair events have something for everyone.

“So why not make a family day out in Aden Country Park this weekend, for a rare chance to experience the sights and sounds of Buchan’s farming heritage.”

Neil Shirran, Aden development worker, added: “Aberdeenshire has a rich farming tradition so it’s great to be able to work in

partnership with the annual Vintage Tractor Day organisers to help celebrate the North-east farming traditions alongside traditional music, highland dancing, photography, language, poetry, craft and locally made produce.”