Full steam ahead for dads

Scorton Steam 2012 will take place on June 16 - 17

Scorton Steam 2012 will take place on June 16 - 17

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Enjoy a Father’s Day weekend packed with manly fan as the North West’s biggest steam fair grinds into action in the village of Scorton on both Saturday and Sunday.

With more than 600 exhibits of vehicles of all eras, shapes and sizes, Scorton Steam is a mecca for the North West steam fan.

And, even for the non-mechanically minded, it is two days of great family fun – and the perfect treat for Father’s Day.

The weekend, on a site at Woodacre Estate, features a great line up of arena shows, headlined by the Big Pete Monster Truck Team.

With trucks like The Grim Reaper and, of course, Big Pete himself, this is an action packed spectacle of car crushing carnage - and a supercharged tug-of-war, renowned as the best Monster Truck show in the UK.

The North West Lawnmower Racing Association stage a packed programme of races throughout the weekend - and spectators will be able to get close up to the action.

And, for those who don’t love their engines, there will be birds of prey display, trampolines, a packed crafts tent, a food hall stuffed with local produce, fairground rides, a soft play area for the little ones - and, on Saturday night, a great festival of live music for the grown ups.

Scorton Steam started in 2005 when site proprietor, steam enthusiast Paul Whittingham, decided he wanted to run his own rally. At first named Scorton Vintage and Country Fayre, it officially became Scorton Steam last year.

With eight catagories of vehicles on display, just eight years after its founding, the event is now a fixture in the steam enthusiasts calendar.

Entry is £9 for adults, £6 for under 16s and OAPs and under 10s go free.