The occasion marked the end of several months of planning by nearby farmers and agricultural contractors.
To show off their cars and add a pop of colour before Christmas, drivers of all shapes and sizes turned out in large numbers.
More than 100 kids got in their favourite vehicles and marched down Main Street for the start of the parade.
A well-organised traffic management strategy prevented gridlock, and younger drivers were happy with their ability to manoeuvre around the congested area.
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Travelling from Mayoabbey, Matthew O'Sullivan called the event “wicked cool” and said he didn't feel too stressed out navigating the parade route among the constant stream of ride-ons and go-karts.
At the main event, a dizzying display of lights decorated a variety of agricultural vehicles.
Robert Duffy, an agricultural contractor, described how he had used a tractor and trailer over the last several weeks to construct a model of the Polar Express train. "You fall in and out of love with the process as the weeks go by, but when you see the end result tonight, it's all worth it," he stated.
According to Mr. Duffy, the programme is a significant means of fostering community and honouring the region's farming heritage.
The exhibit is a part of a larger initiative to support small businesses in the lead-up to Christmas and to promote a sense of community.
The initial idea behind the lights spectacular, according to Pat Boyle of the Balla Community Resource Group, was to make sure the town had something to draw in residents from the surrounding area in the weeks leading up to the holiday season.
However, he added that it has expanded beyond people's greatest dreams to the point where about 140 tractors now make the trip from across the county to participate.
As the residents processed the evening's events and got ready to carry on the countdown to Christmas, the celebration concluded with fireworks show lighting up the sky above mid-Mayo.