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duallashow-trucks-04A giant hay bale truck has been turning heads just off the M8 in Ireland, advertising the upcoming Dualla Show on Sunday 31st August.

This year marks the fourth year of the show, held in Dualla village, centered around a family fun day in a beautiful natural amphitheatre setting in front of the historic Ballyowen House – a Georgian manor dating back to the 1750s. Dualla can be found approximately 5km from Cashel town on the R691 road to Kilkenny.

Debuting at the 2014 show will be the first Tipperary Truck Show featuring custom, vintage (pre-1990) and working trucks as well as tractor units. The entry fee to take part is €20 per vehicle and all trucks must be pre-registered through the Dualla Show site.

As well as an impressive array of trucks to keep you entertained, the show also offers:

  • Tractor pulling
  • Dog show
  • Tug of War
  • Baking competition
  • Horse showing and jumping
  • Livestock competition
  • Threshing display
  • Auction
  • Kid’s activities including a free bouncy castle and face painting.

The Stannage International Stunt Team will also be over from the UK to entertain the masses with death defying stunts.

duallashow-main-largeMaking the hay truck

Looking for a way to publicise the show, a few community members came up with the hay truck idea. Calling in a few favours, the team gathered the raw materials needed and found the perfect location to begin the build – with just 15 helpers and one evening to get it finished.

The truck is comprised of:

  • 22 8×4 foot square bales
  • 25 small square bales
  • 10 black plastic-wrapped bales for the wheels
  • 8 round bales for the “load”.
  • The grill is a 6×4 sheet of plywood wrapped in cling film and tin foil.

The air breather is a beer keg wrapped in cling film, tin foil and more cling film and the exhaust stacks are 16 ft 6 in pipes wrapped in cling film and tin foil. The diesel tanks are two 45 gallon drums cut in half and wrapped in cling film and, you’ve guessed it, tin foil. The bumpers are hay wrapped again.

If you will be near Dualla at the end of August then pop down to the show for a closer look at the hay bale truck and to enjoy a jam-packed family fun day. We’ll be happy to share your pics of the day so be sure to mention us @transportcafe on twitter or tag us on FB.