The third annual Turton Young Farmers Charity Tractor Run will take place today (December 3)

The popular event features an impressive spectacle of a festively-decorated tractor convoy travelling a roughly 20 mile loop through Darwen, Bromley Cross, Turton, Edgworth and Belthorn, before finally returning to Brocklehead Farm for a well-earned participants and sponsors hog roast.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Turton Young Farmers club and the National Association of Blood Bikes, a charitable organization providing a professional yet voluntary transportation service of a variety of medical essentials such as blood, platelets and samples, free of charge, being specifically chosen by Tractor Run founder Carole Tyrie after she was assisted by them in the past.

Turton Young Farmers, who have organized the ambitious charity event, is a rural and agriculturally-themed youth club for 10-26 year olds and open to all, running weekly events for young people to socialize over various activities and build life skills such as public speaking.

Participating tractors will be a festive sight to behold this Christmas time, with tractor numbers 17 and 71 featuring competition-winning decorations from youngsters who submitted their designs for consideration.

The public are invited to view the memorable proceedings en route; the formation passing through Darwen town centre at 4:30, and reaching The Cross Guns in Egerton at 4:55pm, The Black Bull in Edgworth at 5:30pm, and the Dog Inn Pub in Belthorn at 6:10pm.

Turton Young Farmers club leader Natalie Wood was thankful for the enthusiastic response to the packed event, as all Tractor Run places have been filled, and an additional 40 local businesses choosing to sponsor the cause, saying, “We’re really grateful for the input of these businesses and everyone who’s entered!” More information can be found at the event Facebook page which includes a Crowdfunding link for online donations, and in-person donations are available at several pubs along the planned route.