Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair is run soley by a team of volunteers from all walks of life and occupations and who stage an event annually that’s both fun and affordable for the whole family.
As a not-for -profit event, it has been successful in raising funds for a large number of charities and other organisations – many of them local.
The event is keen to support local crafts and businesses and this helps to boost the friendly, easy-going nature of the show.
Tractorfest began in a small way in 2013 on the recreational fields in Biddenden and then transferred to land owned by local farmer, Michael Palmer, outside the village on the road to Sissinghurst. It grew substantially year-on-year and in 2018, moves to larger fields beside Woolpack Corner on the road to Tenterden.
Offering even more of what everyone enjoys without losing any of it’s charm.
Leading the Tractorfest volunteers is Chair, Sue Boon, whose dynamism is well-known in Biddenden and surrounding areas and who was one of the organisers of the Biddenden Blaze bonfire celebrations that used to be held annually in November.
When the Biddenden Blaze was discontinued, Sue and a group of supporters thought it should be replaced by a summer event with tractors at the very heart of it.
So while tractors do remain central to attracting visitors, the essence of Tractorfest is the provision of a gentle summer day out in a Countryside Fair setting with nostalgic sights and sounds, tractor rides, numerous arena displays like dog shows, falconry, shires at work, craft stalls, children’s entertainment, enticing local artisan food and drink and of course the music.
Words by Jo Smith – Tractorfest