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Steam festival gets set to wow crowds

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A POPULAR event that raises thousands of pounds for charity every year is set to return this weekend.

The Barton Steam Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Barton Gate, near Barton Under Needwood.

The event, open from 10am until 5pm, raised more than £3,500 for the Midlands Air Ambulance, based in Tatenhill, the charity which again will benefit from all cash raised at this year’s event.

A spokesman for the event told the Mail: “A full programme of arena events will take place on both days including parades of all of the classes of vintage vehicles mentioned with tractor balancing, ladies steering and a few surprises. .

The event is open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

“Admission is only £6 for all adults and this year, to try to help families, accompanied children are free.

“This year we are, once again, raising money for The Midlands Air Ambulance, a cause very dear to our hearts.

“We were able to donate a magnificent £3,500 from last year’s event.

“The organisers are all volunteers who don’t take a penny from the proceeds, so please come along and support our local air ambulance.

“Once again we welcome a variety of large steam engines, some old favourites and some of which will be visiting the rally for the first time.

“On Saturday people can encounter meerkats, raccoons and more, and on Sunday we have a fabulous live

falconry display.

“We are pleased to welcome back the Nuneaton Dog Training Club with their displays of dog agility over a specially designed course. Also returning is the amazing demonstration of chainsaw sculpture. Marvel at our magician, tap your toes with A Touch of Life Dance Crew or relax with a drink while enjoying our live bands.”

More information is available by visiting www.bartonsteam.co.uk/

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