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Scottish traditions to be celebrated at Aden

Aden Homecoming FairAden Country Park in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, is to play host to an exciting range of Scottish flavoured events and activities at the forthcoming Aden Homecoming Fair and Vintage Tractor Working Day. The events are to take place on Sunday 28th September, from 11am to 4pm and look to celebrate the best of Aberdeenshire culture, heritage, produce and farming traditions unique to the North East of Scotland.

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, access to the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum and Hareshowe Farm, along with a range of heritage related displays, stalls, and activities that illustrate what life was like for country people in the past and how it has shaped Aberdeenshire’s countryside 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.

Aden Country FairThe tractors will both display and demonstrate how ploughing, harrowing, cultivating, ridging, seeding, rolling, scarifying and shimming were carried out. Weather permitting, we also hope to have the opportunity to demonstrate one of the major tasks of the Buchan farmer’s year, threshing.

Other activities on offer include a bouncy castle; face painting; children activities; vintage steam roller; craft demonstrations; and a chance to visit the Aden Craft & 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 has 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 Scotland farming traditions alongside traditional music, highland dancing, photography, language, poetry, craft and locally made produce”.

As part of the Year of Homecoming 2014, the Aden Homecoming Fair has been funded by the Aberdeenshire Council Homecoming 2014 Grant Scheme designed to help showcase the best of Aberdeenshire along with encouraging visitors from all parts of the world to come home to Scotland.