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Finghall Barrel Push & Village Fete

1.30pm to 4pm Monday 28th May 2018

(Spring Bank Holiday)

Raising Money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance & Bright Red





 Live Music from ‘The Motive’

Tombola          BBQ     Classic Car Display 

Crockery Smash   Cream Teas    Bouncy Castle 

Football Shoot Out        Chuck a Chicken! 

Children’s Games     Treasure Hunt      Raffle 

Traditional Stalls cakes, plants, bric a brac, ice cream


Plus the famous Barrel Push Competition

(Above photo shows Kirsty Naylor winner of the Ladies Competition)


The centre piece of the afternoon is the Barrel Push Competition, which involves Competitors pushing an empty 18 gallon beer barrel up a steep and challenging short course. Further details of how to enter are shown below. 

The current Champions are:

Men’s Competition – Scott Partridge (Harmby) – 55 seconds

Ladies Competition – Kirsty Naylor (Topcliffe) – 1 min 44 seconds

Boys Competition – Lee Thompson (Spennithorne) – 1 min 25 seconds

Girls Competition – Vacant

Veteran's Competition – Phil Sherwood (North Stainley) – 1 min 12 seconds


(Above photo shows Phil Sherwood, last years winner of the Veterans Competition)

The Barrel Push was first devised in 1986 and has been run annually ever since, apart from in 2001, the year of Foot and Mouth. During this period Villagers have raised many thousands of pounds for deserving charities. 

Barrel Pushers Wanted!

Enter on the Day – Trophies & Prize Money


Watch the fun or test your stamina on the energy sapping course!

 Who can enter the Barrel Push?

The event has 5 categories:

Ø   Men (over 16 years)

Ø   Women (over 16 years)

Ø   Veterans (open to men or women over 50 years)

Ø   Boys (12 – 15 years)

Ø   Girls (12 – 15 years)

The Barrel Push is a time trial not a race. Individual competitors set off to ascend the hill at regular intervals and their times are recorded. The fastest in each category is the winner.

How to enter?

Nothing could be simpler. Just turn up on the day and go to the Registration Point opposite the Queens Head Pub. Entries will be taken until 2.30pm. Parental consent is required for children under the age of 16 years.

Marshalls will be on hand to answer any of your queries. There is a small entry fee of £1.

The winner of each category is presented with a trophy and there are cash prizes for the winner and runner up in each category.


The afternoon culminates at about 4pm with presentation of trophies outside the Queens Head Pub to Barrel Push and Chuck a Chicken Winners, and the raffle is drawn. 

A BIG Thank You to all those individuals and businesses who have sponsored the event, including:

Bedale Community Bakery

The Biker Group

Swinton Park Country Club & Spa

The Queens Head Public House, Finghall

Worsdales Farmhouse Bakery

Vale of Mowbray

Froneri Ice Cream




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