The sleepy German town of Walheim by Aachen this weekend celebrated its annual “Erntedank” or harvest festival. The Festival has its roots both in Christianity and in paganism and celebrates the annual autumn bounty of nature.
The Walheim Fest has been growing over the years and must surely be one of the largest gatherings of vintage tractors anywhere around these parts. There are many beautiful displays and touching scenes including smiling kids peddling their own mini tractors, Grandmas perched precariously on the back of carts, designer sheep with floral trimmings, marching bands and beautiful heavy horses along with their proud owners.
There’s also a hint of October Fest creeping in, with the all important beer tent, late night partying and of course compulsory dirndls and lederhosen. This might have started as a celebration of Walheim’s harvest but this year it was surely a “harvest for the World”.